Testosterone is the holy grail of muscle-building hormones. It is naturally produced in males, and to a lesser degree in females. The biologically active form known as Free Testosterone interacts with muscle cells and is the key driver of protein synthesis and muscle growth. Only a small fraction of the testosterone your body produces remains as Free Testosterone, which limits your anabolic potential. Your physiology, age, training level, diet, lifestyle and overall health all affect Free Testosterone levels, either positively or negatively.
In males, testosterone is mainly produced in the testes. It is an Androgenic hormone - which means it produces male characteristics like increased muscle mass, facial hair and a deep voice. It also plays an important role in male sex drive and fertility.
System levels of testosterone are regulated by your Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland. However as we age testosterone production naturally declines, which in turn can affect your body’s ability to recover and build muscle. But many other conditions can also reduce system testosterone levels. Generally, your levels vary throughout the day and usually peak during the morning between 7 - 10am and are lowest in the evenings. Test levels also increase after hard intense exercise, but can decrease following exhaustive endurance training. If testing shows a low testosterone level, causes can include:
Age - Test production generally starts to decline each year after the age of 30
Illness (including type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure)
Medications - many can interfere with natural test production
Over-training - training too hard, too often will reduce test production
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Younger healthy males shouldn’t have low testosterone however modern lifestyles, pollution, stress, diet, and a hectic schedule can wreak havoc on healthy test levels. Some symptoms of low test levels include:
Low energy levels
Difficulty building muscle mass
Decreased sex drive, hair loss or slow hair and nail growth
Slow recovery from exercise
Increased susceptibility to mild infections like colds
Poor sleep quality
Difficulty in concentrating
Getting Test Levels Up
Testosterone production can be optimised by tackling the factors that are reducing its output. Key areas to address include:
Sleep Quantity and Quality - Studies have shown sleep loss dramatically lowers testosterone levels. Getting a good 7 - 8 hours every night is the gold standard. To optimise test levels try to get to bed at the same time each night and make sure that you give yourself enough time to fall asleep and then get 7 - 8 hours of good sleep. Avoid caffeine in the 2 - 3 hours before bed, don’t spend too much time on your phone or computer (the blue light will keep you awake) or use a blue light filter program like f.lux. Also don’t do anything too strenuous in the hours before sleep.
A Healthy Diet - including high quality sources of protein (lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, etc.) coupled with plenty of vegetables, moderate fruits and wholegrains, plus high quality supplements will set your body up for optimal hormone production. Avoid processed foods, fatty takeaways, and low quality snack foods like chips and biscuits. Keep alcohol in moderation or avoid if possible. Adding high quality, proven supplements to you diet like Whey Protein, BCAA's and Creatine can also give your metabolism the edge.
Exercise is Super Important for healthy testosterone levels - We all know exercise provides plenty of health benefits, but did you know that a hard session in the gym can significantly raise test levels. The best type of training is heavy resistance training of the large muscle groups like your legs, glutes, chest and back. High intensity interval training (HIIT) has also been shown to effectively raise test levels. On the other hand, slow steady exercise like walking and slow jogging doesn’t increase test levels. In fact, too much of this endurance type training can actually reduce hormone production and lead to a number of physiological issues.
Can Hormone levels be boosted by supplements?
There are a number of nutrients that are essential for healthy testosterone levels including Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. In addition, certain foods contain active compounds or phytochemicals that can interact with your metabolism and either directly, or indirectly increase testosterone production. For example, cruciferous vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts all contain indole-3 carbinol and 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM) which are compounds that can help keep testosterone levels high and estrogen levels low.
Many other nutrients and herbal compounds have been investigated for their effect on testosterone levels and many have shown solid results in human and animal studies. Some examples of these compounds include D-Aspartic Acid, Tribulus Terrestris, Ginger, Zinc, Vitamin D, Pomegranate , Fenugreek and Ashwagandha.
Many of these compounds are used by people with low testosterone and poor libido, or by athletes who are trying to optimise their body’s testosterone production.
MAX’S have developed this advanced male support formula, THE GEAR JACK'D, based on a combination of proven food derived nutrients and herbal extracts to help support your training goals. To see the full formula click the Ingredients Tab above.
INGREDIENTS PER SERVE: (4 capsules - 2950mg)
THE GEAR JACK'D contains the following ingredients:
Tribulus Terrestris (60% Saponins 20% Protodioscin) 750mg - is an plant that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to treat lack of sex drive and boost testosterone levels. A study published in 2012 on males found that taking tribulus improved self-reported ratings of sexual health and increased testosterone levels by 16%. Tribulus appears to have the greatest benefits in those with low testosterone or impaired sexual function, but does not appear to ioffer as much benefit in individuals with normal or healthy levels.
D-Aspartic Acid 750mg - is an amino acid that has been shown in studies to increase the production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) - which are key regulators of testosterone production in the testes. DAA may also aid in sperm quality and production. A study of men with impaired sperm production showed a significant increase after treatment with DAA. Like Tribulus, D-Aspartic Acid may be most beneficial in people with low testosterone or in those with impaired sexual function, but not necessarily in individuals with normal testosterone levels.
Bulbine Natalensis Powder (Stem) 250mg – is a Southern African herb that has been traditionally used for sexual health and virility. Animal studies have shown it to increase androgenic activity in rats. It has also been studied for safety in humans and found to pose no threats.
Fadogia Agrestis Powder (stem) 250mg – is an African Shrub that has traditionally been used to treat erectile dysfunction and is purported to possess aphrodisiac properties. Animal studies showed increases in testosterone and sexual activity.
Paederia Foetide 250mg - is a tropical climbing vine that is used by traditional medical practitioners to treat inflammation, intestinal health and male virility. Animal studies showed an increase of sexual activity in male rats.
Smilax Scobinicaulis Extract (Laxogenin) 100mg - Laxogenin is a natural plant compound belonging to the family of brassinosteroids, molecules recognized as a class of plant hormones. Animal studies have shown brassinosteroids to have been shown to promote tissue healing and growth in skeletal muscles
DIM (Diindolylmethane) 150mg – is a compound found cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. DIM has been shown in studies to play a beneficial role in the regulation of male and female hormones
White Mushroom Extract 20% Polysaccharides (Agaricus Bisporus) Stem/Body 150mg – like DIM, animal studies have shown this food extract contains compounds that beneficially balance male and female hormones.
Trans Resveratrol (Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract) 150mg – is a natural compound found in the skin of red grapes, some fruits, nuts and tuberous plants. It is a protective plant chemical produced in times of hardship. Several studies have reported beneficial properties in the areas of sexual function and healthy hormone balance.
OTHER INGREDIENTS: Magnesium Stearate, Rice Flour, Di-Calcium Phosphate, Gelatin, Talc.
ALLERGEN WARNING: Manufactured on equipment which processes products containing Milk, Egg, Soy and Wheat. Store below 30°C.
Serving Size: 4 Capsules
Servings per container: 30
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How To Take THE GEAR – JACK’D
1 Serving Per Day
Take 2 Capsule twice daily with main meals. Not within 2 hours of bed. Do not consume on an empty stomach. THE GEAR JACK'D is a highly potent formula, use only as recommended.
Who Should Take THE GEAR – JACK’D
MAX’S THE GEAR JACK'D is recommended for all male trainers who want to maximise strength, muscle, performance, health and vitality.
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Q. Are Male Hormone Support Formulas safe?
If used correctly, these products are very safe. It is our recommendation to always follow the dosage stated on the label and consult a health care professional should you have any prior medical conditions.
Q. Are Male Support Formulas just for bodybuilders or can other athletes and normal people benefit from them also?
These formulas can be of use to all athletes and active people looking to maintain and improve their general health.
Q. Can I take The Gear on an empty stomach?
The ingredients used in The Gear are quite strong and can cause some discomfort if taken on an empty stomach. We always recommend taking each serve with food. For your morning dose take with breakfast. For your pre-workout dose, take with an afternoon snack like fruit, a protein shake or a protein bar. This ensures an even digestion and absorption and will give you the best results.
Q. Should I cycle on and off The Gear?
We generally recommend you should go on The Gear for about 4 - 6 weeks, then off for 2 weeks before starting a new cycle. This will allow your body's metabolism to return to normal and allow your adrenal system to also adjust.