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So I am wondering what conditions may be affecting me. The bench press I can still only lift to around 25 lbs on the bar. I don't feel there is enough muscle being made and I should be having more. Also, I could have testosterone issues. So I think my progress may be hampered by the following conditions....

 

Bone issues, hopefully not Osteoporosis

Less T

Klinefelter, but I do have leg hair, facial hair, but lack hair between chest and stomach and it's sporadic there.

Marfan Syndrome

 

Scoliosis may also be affecting stance. My chest seems like it's not pushed out. I will have to see a doctor about that.

 

What doctors do I look into for these matters? I need to know specific title names.

 

Because right now, my slow progress has me starting to be outcasted in my gym.

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Hi there. Do you mean you're lifting a total of 65lb (the bar weighs about 45)? It took me many months to be able bench 65lb, but then again I'm an average sized female who started from a very low level of fitness. How big are you, and how long have you been lifting? 

As for doctors, who do you usually see for things related to your Klinefelter- and Marfan-related issues? Or don't you have anyone yet? If not, I suspect your GP will be the gatekeeper to various specialists. 

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18 hours ago, Will35 said:

What doctors do I look into for these matters? I need to know specific title names.

 

As above, start with your GP. They should be able to order a number of blood tests, including testosterone. If you are concerned about scoliosis, there is a visual test they can do also. These tests should provide insight into where to go next, since depending on the issue / if there is an issue, the physician may be different.

 

In addition to the questions above, what lifting program are you currently following and how long have you been following that specific program? Are you sleeping enough at night, what does your calorie intake look like, and are you eating a well balanced diet? 

 

I'm going to do a bit of tough love in a spoiler. My goal with it isn't to hurt your feelings or start an argument, which is why I am putting it in a spoiler. Read it with an open mind please, my goal isn't to be mean, it's to hopefully help you think through a bit of your situation.

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I've seen a number of your posts and my concern is that you are looking for a quick win over putting in the work. Then, when it doesn't work, looking for an excuse other than, not putting in the work. I know I commented on a post of yours last year when you were concerned with testosterone, telling you to check with your doctor then. 

 

Weight gain, particularly lean muscle mass, is not a fast process without steroid. Full stop. Realistically, 15 - 30 lbs over the course of a year is what is going to happen. It's going to take monitoring your eating (both calories and protein), working out, and being consistent. 

 

From your posts, I get the feeling that you are a thinner person, who has trouble keeping weight on. This could impact your ability to make the progress you want at the gym. Make sure to follow a program through its duration, take days off, and eat at a calorie surplus. Are you doing bench press with a barbell or with the Smith machine still? Convert over to the barbell if you haven't yet. Take a form check video and ask for some feedback. It might be you are struggling due to a form issue that would be fairly easy to solve. In the past 4 months, you've talked about 3 different programs / lifting cycles. Stick with one for the next 6 months - start with a program designed for beginners like Stronglifts 5x5.

 

Getting stronger and putting on muscle isn't easy. If it were, a lot of us would be walking around lifting a lot more weight than we do. There aren't any quick wins that are going to get you there, just time and effort. You can do it, just focus on the end goal, not just the goal for tomorrow. :) 

 

In regards to the gym and being outcast, do you mean that people are ignoring you or making rude comments? I see that you've talked about having some anxiety. Can you write an e-mail to the gym's owner in regards to what you are experiencing? There is no reason people at the gym should be making you feel uncomfortable if you are struggling. And if it's happening to you, it may be happening to other people and that's not right. 

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I go to the gym regularly. But it's just now dawned on me that maybe there is a reason for all of these. I weigh over 150 now, when at this time last year it was over 140. I got up to over 160 this year but tried to cut and now I'm back in the low 150s. I mean if I am not able to lift the bar past 45+25 for all this time then something's up. I have been lifting for over two years now and I go 4-5 days a week. Even arms and dumbbells I can't go past 20s. I just think that I may have something internally wrong. I have not posted here in a while.

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On 7/1/2019 at 5:44 PM, Harriet said:

Hi there. Do you mean you're lifting a total of 65lb (the bar weighs about 45)? It took me many months to be able bench 65lb, but then again I'm an average sized female who started from a very low level of fitness. How big are you, and how long have you been lifting? 

As for doctors, who do you usually see for things related to your Klinefelter- and Marfan-related issues? Or don't you have anyone yet? If not, I suspect your GP will be the gatekeeper to various specialists. 

 

I don't know if I have these problems or not. My two biggest concerns are T and bones.  I don't currently have a main doctor.

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40 minutes ago, Will35 said:

 

I don't know if I have these problems or not. My two biggest concerns are T and bones.  I don't currently have a main doctor.


You mean you haven't been diagnosed but you suspect this list of problems based on your lifting performance? You can't just diagnose yourself with Klinefelter or Marfan Syndrome! A low bench number is not sufficient to suggest these, nor osteoporosis. Also, lots of people with lower testosterone--for example women and older men--manage lifting just fine though their results may not be as spectacular as those of young men, so I'm not sure low testosterone can explain it. Why not look at the most common reasons for poor performance before reaching for exotic conditions? For example, have you ruled out (in rough order of importance) insufficient calories, poor programming, insufficient protein, excessive stress and inadequate or poor quality sleep? Admittedly 65lb is less than one might expect for a man who has been lifting for 2 years. But seriously, there could be a lots of reasons, you're not equipped to diagnose yourself if there is something wrong, so the only sensible thing to do would be to see a GP. There's really no point trying to pick a specialist without a specific diagnosis. 

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