From Left to Right: Samir Bannout, Rich Gaspari, Jay Cutler, and Victor Martinez stand next to each other

These Bodybuilding Vets Swear by TRT to Stay Swole in Retirement

This longevity-boosting treatment is a far cry from typical gear cycles.

In the world of bodybuilding, TRT is controversial at best and completely taboo at worst. But a normal drop in testosterone levels as you age can make it impossible for even bodybuilding’s most well-decorated vets to maintain their shape as they age. 

Your T levels start to dip around your mid-thirties, which can lead to debilitating side effects like low energy and libido, muscle loss, and weight gain. If you’re used to being shredded like a bodybuilder, those changes can be even more stark. 

These four bodybuilding vets are crushing the stigma and taking TRT to boost their athleticism and longevity as they age. Here’s why.

Boost your t

Victor Martinez

The 49-year-old Dominican Dominator calls his TRT use a “loophole of not juicing,” since he’s sworn off the more traditional bodybuilding approach of cycling on-and-off anabolic steroids

“At the end of the day, nothing beats knowing by having your blood work and knowing what your levels are because that will ultimately let you know what you’re deficient in,” he said.

While testosterone is technically an anabolic steroid, when guys talk about “gearing up” they’re probably referring to the mainstream misuse of synthetic anabolic steroids. These illegal meds have doses 10 to 100 times more than what you’d get from the TRT you’re prescribed after reviewing blood test results with a doctor.

Jay Cutler

The 49-year-old four-time Mr. Olympia winner is ditching Tren for 200mg of testosterone cypionate—a prescription TRT injection—as part of his personal “Fit for 50” transformation challenge. 

“I think honestly, I literally could transform this body, no drugs, nothing. I mean, obviously, I’m going to use my TRT,” he says about going natty. “I’m on 200mg of cypionate a week. I have no reason to lie.”

While you might have gains-envy, Cutler’s dose isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your doctor will prescribe you the right amount of T to boost your levels to a healthy range—this can also depend on how active you are, according to McDevitt.

Rich Gaspari

This bodybuilding vet took to Instagram to smash the TRT taboo, revealing that he’s been taking testosterone for over ten years.

“I want to talk about something that was regarded as highly taboo years ago but is now being accepted by the general public more and more to try to stay young,” Gaspari writes. “I’ve been on TRT for close to ten years and I feel amazing. I stay muscular as people can see. I continue training in the gym. I stay lean. I have no side effects from it because I’m being monitored by a doctor.”

At 59 years old, Gaspari still maintains a competition-ready physique 26 years after his last run—all while building his supplement brand, Gaspari Nutrition. He also urges guys who are interested in TRT to take their blood work seriously and points out the difference between free and total T levels. Needless to say, we’re impressed.

“I get extensive blood work done to make sure that my health indicators are all at normal range; that’s your liver, kidneys, cholesterol, hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and much more that a doctor will do the right test,” he said. “When you do your testosterone, you’re not only testing for total testosterone but you’re testing for biological free testosterone, and that’s very important to know. You should have a doctor do this.”

Hone’s testosterone assessment is the simplest way to uncover whether your levels are low. It’s fast, simple, and you can do it from home. And if low T is the problem, Hone can help you get you back on top of your game.

1. Barrett-Conor, et al (2005). Male testosterone: what’s normal?