You Can’t Build Muscle Over 35 Without TRT!

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, We’ve got a controversial one here for you
today. The fact of the matter is this – I’m going
to make the statement right off the bat. You cannot build muscle over the age of 35
unless you are on TRT, which is Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or as some would call
it ‘hormone replacement therapy’. I know this to be the case. I know this because someone left a comment
on my video that said that was true. So we know it must be true. Now I’m going to put this comment up here
and I want to read it for you, and then we’re going to start breaking it down because you
guys obviously have to sense the sarcasm in my voice. This ain’t true, okay? Now, let’s put some context here. The guy’s name is going to be blurred out. I’m not looking to cause a personal attack
by me, or any of my viewers against this guy because everybody’s entitled to their opinion. But his sentiment is downright wrong. Jessie wanted to nominate him as “Professor
Dickweed”, or something like that. I don’t care. You can call him whatever you want, but I’m
not going to name him publicly. But I want to read what he said. “Jeff, I really like your videos and I’ve
watched them for, maybe, two years now. But there’s an elephant in the room, and that
elephant is that you are on HRT” – hormone replacement therapy. I want to make it clear. I have absolutely no problem with this. In fact, at 42 you have little choice but
to be on hormone replacement therapy if you want to be truly athletic. But the problem I have with it, as some would
have with this video, is it leads to false expectations in anyone over the age of 35,
especially. Unless someone is a genetic freak they will
not be able to get that swollen, veiny, bulging look. Don’t get me wrong. They’ll look pretty good, but not like this
wrestler” – because this was not what I talked about, a wrestler in a previous video,
“and certainly not like you. So do your fan base – especially the older
guys – a favor and admit that you are on HRT so you can maybe help people get their
doctors, and/or anti-aging clinic and get the supplements they need to stay healthy
and active into their 60s. What’s the harm? I mean, I know there’s a stigma to this stuff,
even when prescribed legally by a doctor. But maybe you can help dispel this a bit by
letting people know how to do these supplements responsibly, and legally. Either way, I wish you the best with your
company, and your channel. I truly am not trying to bust your balls,
but again, I do not think it’s fair for you to keep one of the integral parts of training
over 40 a secret any longer. Your body needs testosterone and growth hormone
to function properly and repair itself. Sure, diet and hard work are fine, but without
adequate tested GH, their results will be GREATLY DIMINISHED” – capitalized – “and
may even result in injury. So consider coming clean. I think it would be good for you, the sport,
and the public’s perception of you. All the best.” Now, that’s a mouthful right there. Right there is a bunch of horse shit. I’m going to tell you why. It doesn’t anger me because he’s personally
attacking me, or trying to call me out for something he feels that I’m using; my secret. What angers me is what it does to those that
were thinking about starting and were discouraged by what he just said because what he just
said, he just set the bar really, freaking low. 35? You can’t look good after 35? I’m guessing he’s 36 years old, but the fact
of the matter is, to think that any ‘bulgy, veiny’ look, whatever it is, is strictly responsible,
or requires hormone replacement therapy – because after the age of 35 you just can’t have that
– is setting the bar so low. It is doing such a disservice to anybody that
watches this channel, any other fitness channel on YouTube, anywhere they go for advice, and
encouragement on how to look better than they do right now. It’s really a quitter’s attitude and that’s
my problem with him. He’s a quitter. He is determined that because of his lack
of ability to commit to a cause, that means nobody else can do it unless they’re a genetic
freak, or they’re using something that they shouldn’t be using. That pisses me off, guys. It really, really gets under my skin. That’s the reason why I’m making this video. I had another video planned for today, but
this one had to be done. What I think the problem is, is that when
you think about where this comes from, it comes from an insecurity on your own inability
to achieve something. So what you do is, you go and try to bring
everybody down to you. Instead of trying to aspire to get to this
level –whatever that level is that you’re achieving – you try to bring everybody else
back to the pack. There’s another saying. They say there’s two ways to have the biggest
building in town. The first is, you can knock all the other
buildings down, so your building is the only one standing. That’s the first way you could do it, or you
know what you could do? You could build the biggest fucking building
in the neighborhood. Then you’ve got the biggest building. This guy has chosen to try to knock the other
buildings down. But don’t let him discourage you. And I don’t say that because I’m angry that
he’s potentially discouraging customers of ATHLEANX, from people from buying programs
that I recommend. Guys, I have 800 and some-odd free videos
here that you know I put my best, and greatest content here for you each, and every week. Multiple times a week. There are so many people that use our programs,
and there are so many people that don’t use our programs. All of them unified by the fact that they’re
getting results, and they’re out there actually doing the work, and they’re not looking to
start bringing into the equation, elements that make their ability to obtain those results
impossible. This guy has. So, for the record, if you want to talk about
me – I’ve mentioned on this channel many, many times before – for someone that struggled
in their life to put on size, to have any muscle – and I’m not a huge guy, guys. I’m 5’10”, 175lbs. To have somebody accuse you of using some
performance enhancing drug – and I’ll throw hormone replacement in that group – anything
performance enhancing, other than what you’re naturally doing every, single day – for
someone to accuse you of that is one of the most ridiculous feelings. I feel like “Holy crap!” I could not imagine anybody would have ever
said that to me, at one point in time. The fact of the matter is, even Jessie, our
own, beloved Jessie, who’s put on 12lbs is getting accusations thrown his way. Which, to me, is laughable that the guy is
juicing, or doing something else. I mean, it’s so crazy. But that’s what happens. As soon as you start to look better, then
people start making accusations. Now, in this case the guy has two check boxes. Over the age of 35, TRT for you to look good. You look better than me? TRT. It’s like you fit those two criteria? TRT. It’s beyond ridiculous. As I’ve said; I don’t drink. I never have. I don’t use drugs. I never have. I don’t use anything. The strongest thing I’ve probably used in
my life is Tylenol, or maybe an antibiotic. I don’t smoke. I don’t party. I live a very, what some would say, a boring
life. But you know what? That boring life is what I like. I have a family, and my family prefers that
I live that life, and we have a good time with me living that life, believe it or not. It might not be the life for everybody, but
it’s what I choose to live. I have a very strict attention to my diet,
and what I eat, and my nutrition matters to me. I don’t eat cheat meals. I have my carrot cake once a year. As I’ve said to you before, the reason why
I don’t eat cheat meals is because I don’t feel like I’m cheating. I actually enjoy the foods I eat. It just so happens that I eat healthy foods. I can stay lean 365 days a year because I
love what I eat. The fact is, the foods I do eat are in line
with keeping me this way. They’re in line with keeping me lean because
I eat healthy foods all the time. I don’t feel tempted. Am I saying that is something that everyone
else has to do in order to look a certain way? No! I know people all the time – I know guys
that are older than me, they come to our live event, they send pictures in of what they’ve
been doing, following our programs, or not following our programs. They look better than me! I’m sure they drink. I’m sure they go out socially from time to
time. Surely, they eat carrot cake more than once
a year. You don’t have to do that to look good,
but that’s what I do. But to throw accusations that way, it’s sort
of more of a compliment and a boost to me, but it pisses me off because it’s what it
does to you. Again, this channel was meant to inspire you
about what is possible, and I will sit here, and I’m going to make this guy’s day a really
bad one because I’m going to tell him right now, to his face: 100%, everything that I
demonstrate on this channel is doable. 100%, everything that I stand in front of
you and demonstrate – my bulgy veins and all – is 100% doable with no TRT, with no
supplementation, with nothing but hard work, and a commitment to eating right. I know I just ruined your day. I just took away all of your excuses. Now what?! Now what? Well, I can tell you what. The rest of the guys, the guys that came here
with good intentions, the guys that are actually willing to work; you just became inspired,
and you should be inspired because you can achieve whatever it is you want. You’re going to have to prioritize. You’re going to have to work your ass off. All those things are never going to go away
and I would never bullshit you about that. Those elements will always have to be in place. There’s no way around that part, but if you’re
willing to commit to that, and you’re willing to bust your ass to really do what you need
to do then you have the ability to look far better than me. Far better than me because you’re willing
to put in the work. As far as the quitter goes; guys, like I said,
I can’t control the sentiment, but I will do this. I will offer him an olive branch to wrap this
all up. Dude, commit to your efforts. Instead of spending your time trying to figure
out every reason why you’re not looking as good as you should be, spend a little bit
more of that time focusing on actually trying to look better than you do right now. I promise you, you’re going to see improvements,
and I promise you, you’re going to be surprised about what you’re capable of doing when you
direct a lot of that energy, and focus toward something that’s going to help you in the
long run to build a bigger body, and to look better. I promise you. Guys, I had to make this video, like I said,
out of order. We have other videos scheduled here. I’m going to get back to those, but I think
this is an important message to get across to you. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a program
that puts it all out there, step by step – no TRT included, it’s not needed – the right
exercises, the right attitude, hard training, and good nutrition; that’s all over at If you’ve found the video helpful tell me
about other videos you want me to cover and I’ll do my best to do those for you in the
days, and weeks ahead. All right, guys. See you soon.

46 Replies to “You Can’t Build Muscle Over 35 Without TRT!”

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  2. @athleneX dude you're amazing, don't waste your time explaining yourself, it's ok … Like the legend said – Ignore the neysayers… I have been building just looking at your videos and it's still so effective…

  3. I'm almost 45. In the last year I've lost 35 pounds of fat and added about 6 pounds of muscle. Best shape of my life. No hormones. Just diet and exercise. And I'm not even as consistent as I should be.

  4. Its about the numbers. This is silly. If you get your blood tested and your free test is 135 your in trouble. If its 750 your good. Objective trumps subjective.

  5. Just goes to show how much BS there is out there on the internet. Just workout as hard as you can, and eat a lot. It’s that simple.

  6. I'm 5'9" and 45yo. I passed from 232 pounds 35% body fat to 160 pounds 15%bf in three years. My only TRT was my mindset replacement. Thanks Jeff.

  7. 46, and my test levels range between 25 and 29 n/mol. never juiced, never been a couch potato – background road cycling, martial arts, freeweights

    Would I juice and take HGH? probably

  8. I'm 36, still in the gym and still putting in work. Now I need to tighten up when it comes to nutrition and I don't look like you but that isn't going to stop me. The man who says they can and the man who says he can't are both right. And hell I didn't know I could ask my doctor for test!! As wrinting this I just felt guilty, I drink and eat carrot cake. Sometimes at the same time…still not gonna quit going to the gym. Cheers!

  9. Hi Jeff,
    I have struggled for the past 10 years to get energy and strength and I have also had unforeseen injuries that had to be surgically fixed. So I went to my Dr and did a ton of blood tests. One thing stood out yup hormones. I was a 218 which he stated not horrible but a good reason for my fatigue. I have been on it a little over a year and have noticed some results not a ton. Now that I am almost almost 100% recovered from surgery my workouts have been insane and mounting biking has soared to new levels. I’m sending this to you to find out how would I attempt to overcome my HRT.

  10. Jeff i am 17
    And May be find no place here but I must say u are the best transformations motivator I ve ever come across

  11. I’m 44 and in my best ever shape with reasonable muscle that I certainly didn’t have 2 years ago. Just lots of chicken and cutting out crap.

  12. Hi Jeff, i always follow your videos and perform just about all of your exercises, should really take out a sub with you on your site.
    There is something that is missing on your channel videos though.
    I keep coming across other videos on youtube about men reaching 40 or over 40 and how discs in your spine dry up and doing traditional routines with bench press, dead lifts, over head press and weighted squats can cause further damage to the body because you are over 40. I can't seem to find any videos on your channel that addresses the issue if it is true or not.
    However in regards to this video reference over 35 or 40+ TRT, I refuse to use any kind of drugs, however I am confused as to my body fat, the weight machine at the gym Boditrax says i at 20% body fat, my scales at home says i at 27% body fat, i work out every night come back have a very low alcohol beer, relax for a bit and go to bed, i eat one maybe two meals a day of fresh veg, chicken or beef protein where 40% protein and 60% veg like broccoli, cauliflower, peas, tomatoes, carrots, fresh lemons, eggs, Spinach, rocket, cucumber etc sometimes even just a sandwich with salad cream veg tomatoes cheese or cottage cheese and egg.
    I still have fat around my belly which makes no sense for the 20% body fat range, i can pinch fat around my arms and legs and my bench pressing for 12 reps is with 60kg yet i don't seem to be able to progress to 70kg and grow to 12 reps using 70kg it is like my muscles just won't grow any more than that limit and my wrist begins to hurt.
    Is there such a thing as better safer weight exercises for those over 35 or is it that i just need to grit my teeth and push through the pain to break through the barrier?

  13. Hello to everyone. I dont agree with the comment about Jeff taking hormones. But can this body and lifestyle of Jeff be achieved without any suplement at all? Because there is video that Jeff presents his suplements that cost around 200 dollars.

  14. Im older than JC and got more gains than him. Im all natural. JC is pretty skinny to be honest and doesnt look enhanced at all. I know teen girl lifters who are bigger than him.

  15. Yes sir!
    I agree with you
    People are the ones who choose to use T.
    I choose to follow you Becuz
    I hv used your free videos
    for three months now
    I was 185
    Now I'm 18 o/opercent Body fat
    I am 15 o/o leaner at 165lbs

  16. I'm 47 and a hardgainer. I started in the gym nearly two years ago. My chest size has gone from 38 inch to 41 inch. My arms and legs are much better. I've got a long way to go and I go to the gym 5 days a week.

    The only way to achieve this is hardworking and effort and it doesn't happen overnight.

    Too many guys cheat and taking steroids etc….. Very sad

  17. Thank you for doing this video. I am so sick of hearing this sentiment! I have had so many people tell me that I am "too old" to do aerial arts (my goal). I am 53, and I see videos of people (women included) much older than me, doing much more than I can now.

  18. I just turned 40. I have M.S. and arthritis in both knees and a bad back. I've lost over 20lbs in two weeks. I feel better than I have in a long time. I've followed his recommendations. I can't afford his actual programs from the website. I have to tell ya, I appreciate the free videos. I've learned a lot. Jeff you are a BEAST. Haters are gonna hate.

  19. Well said Jeff! Your physique is a crystal clear example of hard work, dedication and excellent consistent nutrition. It's inspiring…thank you for all you do to inspire and educate others to better themselves.

  20. I’m a 46 year old husband and father of three. I started going to my local gym a year ago and I see and feel muscle growth. I have pecks now and shoulders that I never had before. I use C4 preworkout, I take a med for hypertension and a multivitamin. No TRT needed

  21. Seeing all the 40/50 year olds commenting about how much ass they're still kicking is so damn inspiring. Hope to be one of you guys one day

  22. You da MAN Jeff!! been watching yr vids for sometime now and took tips from YOU mostly and other trainers on YouTube just for variety. I'm 49 and I've never added more muscle since subscribing to your channel , even in my early 20s I never could add size easily…. I was doing it all wrong. My goal is in a years time, to be in the best shape I've ever been before on my 50th! thanks to u! It's all possible!!!

  23. your testicles fall off at 35 too I read it in a YouTube video comment. Bunch of junk, I’ve been working out off and on through out my life and I’ve been 155lbs while long distance running and 215lbs when heavy training for mass. Your body will respond at any age if you put the work in.

  24. Im 50, always been in decent shape but I'm a hard gainer. Thanks to you and others i know this hgh thing is horse shit. My last test i had the testosterone of a 25 year old. Ive added a shit ton of muscle in a year. 14 pounds of lean clean muscle in the last 4 months. 👏🎯

  25. Im a 39 year old man that put myself on this path due to a few health problems that were mostly my fault. Ive lost 25 lbs this year and my arms are growing. I havent used supplements at all because I cant really afford them. I have never felt more validated than when you said "you can get everything through hard work and healthy nutrition." Thank you for what you do and keep inspiring!

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