tl;dr I am looking to boost T via exercise without heavy compound lifts. Is it possible?
(not looking for T injections…but that would be a last resort)
2 years ago I was diagnosed with central serous retinopathy, a condition where blood starts to leak between the macula and retina, impairing vision. After months of monitoring and no improvement, the ophthalmologist suggested we cauterize the area where it leaks. Unfortunately, it causes permanent vision loss in the area of the leak (but leaving the condition for too long does the same thing ). It’s been over a year since the treatment, and no issues.
Now all of a sudden it started leaking again (you can see exactly where it is leaking…looks like a glowing halo in the vision). It correlated perfectly with me starting to do heavy compound lifts (80%+ 1RM). Did some googling of the condition and weight lifting, and voila…random anecdotal posts and articles from ophthalmologists indicating how their weight lifting patients tend to get it. I couldn’t find any studies on pubmed/nih, but I’m convinced this the cause.
“Why don’t you work on your breathing?” Yeah, I’m sure that would have helped in retrospect, but I think it’s too late for that; it’s already ruptured…leaking from the same spot that was cauterized last time. (I will be going back to the doc next month for another retina scan for sure)
There’s tons of workouts I can do to build muscle without any heavy compound lifting. However, from my reading, heavy compound lifts sound like the only exercise to make the body produce more T.
If you read this whole thing, you rock