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Randy Couture Went About TRT ‘The Natural’ Way

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Randy Couture at UFC 52While performance enhancing drug use in sports is always a hot-button issue, none has been hotter recently than talk about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts; well, except maybe the latest doping salvo launched at Lance Armstrong in cycling.

But with high profile fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Nate Marquardt, and others involved in the talk about TRT, and particularly in getting a therapeutic use exemption from athletic commissions for its use, it is the topic on nearly everyone’s lips.

And the talk covers all aspects. Some say that if there is a proven deficiency that a fighter should be allowed to use TRT to bring his testosterone level up to what is considered normal. Others say that TRT should only be allowed for individuals that have a proven condition, not just a deficiency.

Most men, as they age, eventually produce lower levels of testosterone, and that can be exaggerated in athletes. Then again, someone who takes other performance enhancers can inhibit his body’s natural production of testosterone, causing the low levels.

Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture recently weighed in on the topic as a guest on HDNet’s InsideMMA, having his own particular insight into why fighters may have lower testosterone levels and how to go about TRT.

“We put our bodies through a ton working out. It’s very, very strenuous; very, very physical,” said Couture, referring to professional mixed martial artists. “So if there are athletes that are younger that have low testosterone, it’s probably because they train like crazy people to do what we do.”

Couture, a UFC Hall of Fame member, actively competed in MMA until he was 47 years of age, so he has a lot of years to put perspective on how training and age can effect an athlete.

In fact, he has had his own experience with TRT and may have a slightly different take on it than those that are talking about it in regards to going to a doctor, getting a prescription, and taking shots to supplement testosterone levels.

“There are other natural ways, through supplementation, to increase your body’s own production of testosterone,” said Couture. “You still want to monitor it with a doctor so you stay within those normal parameters for a human being and you don’t come up positive for your drug tests.

“That’s the route that I chose to go as an older athlete. I went to a doctor. I got blood tests. I measured where all my hormones were. I started supplement program through XCAP (Xtreme Couture Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Couture’s supplement company) to increase my body’s own production of natural testosterone.”

The debate over TRT and other therapies as they relate to performance enhancement is sure to rage on, so don’t be surprised to hear more about it as the arguments continue.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/yannick.messaoud yannickmessaoud

    Has much has i love Randy Couture and respect him i don’t believe on word about this.

    There are natural ways to increase testosterone and growth hormone naturally yes but they have been proven many times by numerous studies that they just don’t work.

    Glutamine, arginine, have produce moderate GH increase but never to the amount that HGH somatropin will produce.

    Tribulus has been shown to have a positive effect on sperm count but not testosterone level.

    The best way true diet would be eating saturated fats in term produce cholesterol that will produce testosterone. But then again the amount produced will never be the same has injecting testosterone enhantate, cypionate, or any other synthetic testosterone.

    My T levels where at 640 i am 40 years old, after a high fat diet 6 months later my blood test for T levels it 700, but after taking 100mg of depo testosterone for 6 months low dosage to repair an injury my T level got has high has 1300 something you will never achieve with natural supplements and diet alone.

  • D-rail

    “The Natural Plug” (Xtreme Couture Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Couture’s supplement company).

  • Anthony

    The bodys testosterone production works on a “loop feedback system “controled by the endocrine system–The second these “natural” substances increase test prtoduction, the endocrine system sends a signal to testes to decrease production of testosterone–Thats why testicular atrophy(shrinkage) is accociated with steroid use–simply put ,if the testes are not putting out test due to exogenus injections they shrink in size as they are not needed—That said ,natural test boosters do not work, the instant your test increases, the body allows for the change and decreases the natural testosterone production–thats called homeostasis if you paid attention in science class—This is
    Randy trying to promote/sell a product line–Randys a sell out( hes whoring himself out to make money for his extreem coutore product line–Yannick is 100% right
    .

  • caninejustice

    Great input Yannick and Anthony.

    And I agree, this is a terrible attempt at promoting his product line.

    “That’s the route that I chose to go as an older athlete. I went to a doctor. I got blood tests. I measured where all my hormones were. I started supplement program through XCAP (Xtreme Couture Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Couture’s supplement company) to increase my body’s own production of natural testosterone.”

    First of all, it is “Xtreme Couture ATHLETIC Pharmaceuticals”

    Second, XCAP wasn’t in business until 2009 and Couture had “been supplementing” TRT prior to XCAP’s startup.

    Randy needs to shut up before he destroys any credibility he has because in today’s internet world, these kinds of statements are easy to debunk and show where the true motivation lies, in the promotion of his product. There are better ways to promote a product than through revised history.