I’ve been trying to get a handle on my fitness for years (who hasn’t?). I’d always considered myself pretty knowledgeable as far as working out and thought I was eating well. I’d even worked with personal trainers in the gym with varying levels of success. I’d been struggling for a long time with dropping excess fat around my lower abdomen and hip area, and also had trouble making strength gains in my strength training.
I had been training with Ali for several months, while I’d made solid progress initially, she recognized my need for more than just a solid workout and recommended I work with her team at Greenwich Diagnostic Sports Labs. I took her advice, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Murphy to discuss my training history, where I was struggling and my goals. After our initial meeting one of the first things he did was order a bunch of blood tests to see if there were any underlying issues that needed to be addressed. The results came back, there were a few things that stood out to Dr. Murphy that needed to be addressed. I had low testosterone for my age (32), and my cortisol (stress hormone) levels were through the roof. The low testosterone explained my struggles in the gym, and diminished sex drive that I’d been experiencing in my personal life.
The fix for the high cortisol was relatively simple: cut back on the crazy amount of coffee I was drinking every day, and do my best to reduce the level of stress in my work and personal life. The latter is easier said than done, but all attainable without turning to any sort of medication. As for my low testosterone, that was a little more complicated, and after Dr. Murphy presented me with several options for treatment, I opted to start testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
After starting TRT, within a month my energy levels had gone up, not just in the gym, but in general, and my libido had increased back to normal. I was finally making some positive progress in the areas that had been lagging behind in my training.
Around the same time I had met with Dr. Murphy, I also started consulting with Ali about my nutrition. She had me track everything I ate for a few days, and then send over it to her for review. As it turned out, while I was eating healthy stuff, I was eating about enough to sustain a 15 year old girl… nowhere near enough for someone my height and weight, and with my activity level. Ali provided me with a nutrition plan tailored to my goal of gaining lean body mass, and strength.
Within a few weeks of beginning treatment with Dr. Murphy, and changing up my diet I felt like a new person. My strength was going up, I was gaining weight in the right places (which was something I wanted), and there were even positive side effects of the diet – my skin was looking healthier, I was sleeping better, and my mood was much better, and more consistent throughout the day – no midday lull where I felt like I was going to fall asleep at my desk at work.
It has been an wonderful experience working with the team at GDXSL. Combining the knowledge of a doctor who really gets it, with solid nutrition and fitness expertise, GDXSL has profoundly impacted my life for the better. I’m really excited with the results I’ve seen thus far in the 6 months and know I’ll continue to have wonderful success with the GDXSL team in my corner.Bill - 5.5 USGA Index - Greenwich, CT
- Performance 74% 74%
- Endurance 58% 58%
- Strength 88% 88%
- Agility 76% 76%
- Speed 62% 62%