The male hormone testosterone helps you get jacked. The higher your levels of it, the more jacked and leaner you’ll be In this article we’ll discuss how to boost your test levels naturally and with the help of legal supplements.
By Vince Del Monte
Whether you’re a recreational lifter or hardcore bodybuilder, regardless of your years in the game, these three words should resonate strongly: The next level.
In any endeavour in life, especially physique transformation, taking your body to the next level is no easy feat. It’s mandatory to eat smart, train hard, and continue doing this for years and years on end – not weeks. If you’re really serious to advancing your physique to new levels, it’s time to look outside eating and training and consider applying tactics external to the gym for sustained muscle growth.
To start your next jump to new muscle levels, the gains you’re dying to experience, you must understand your muscle growth is predicted on the status of your body’s testosterone concentration. High levels of endogenous testosterone mean faster growth. On the flip, a lack of testosterone is associated to guaranteed failure for a bodybuilder or even a recreational lifter and leads to years of spinning your wheels – no matter how good your training or nutrition is.
And it gets worse, low testosterone levels impairs you in other ways, including:
- Low-energy levels
- Waking up without a “tent pitched” as your bed sheets
- Declines in strength
- Low sex drive
- Feeling of depression
- Muscle tissue breakdown
- Higher body fat levels
- Lower self esteem from a lack of confidence
- Poor self image
In short, the more testosterone you produce, the better off your life could be. Here are the benefits:
- Increase in Lean Muscle
- Reduction in Body Fat
- Increase in Energy
- Enhanced Sexual Performance
- Restoration of Vital Organs
- Stronger Immune System
- Increase in Bone Density
- Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
- Smoother, Firmer Skin
- Better Vision
- Improved Cognition & Mood
TEST PREDICTORS Testosterone is an androgenic-anabolic steroid hormone derived from cholesterol, released by the testes and adrenal cortex (in small amounts) in males. This means, a diet very low in fats is actually counterproductive; cholesterol from certain fats is necessary for testosterone production. Sufficient blood testosterone levels is crucial for the production and maturation of sperm, maintaining the male reproductive system and libido.Levels of testosterone are also reflected in secondary sex characteristics like body composition, hair pattern, bone mass, aggression and deepening (or lowering) of the voice. And testosterone plays a direct role in stimulating protein synthesis, and therefore a major contributor to your rate -or lack of- muscle mass development.
High Testoterone = Low Body Fat Levels!
Testosterone Related To Weight Lifters & Bodybuilders
Here’s how testosterone levels impact your muscle gains:
1. Your strength can be boosted because of increased activation of motor nerves that contract muscle fibers. The more motor nerves stimulated, the greater the muscular development.
2. Muscle fibers are broken down far less easily because testosterone blunts muscle breakdown.
3. You stay leaner because testosterone keeps the size of fat cells from increasing and actually causes them to release more stored fat.
Looking at the individuals in your gym you’ll see many turn to the world of anabolic steroids and testosterone to accelerate and enhance muscle growing effects. The good news is that natural trainers can boost natural levels of testosterone by supplements with products that safe and effective.
Get Your Test Levels Scored
Total testosterone levels in males (depending on testing method) should be 270-1,100 nanograms/deciliter. Understand testosterone levels decline with age.
Reference Intervals for Free Testosterone from LabCorp
* 20-29 years 9.3-26.5 picogram/mL
* 30-39 years 8.7-25.1 picogram/mL
* 40-49 years 6.8-21.5 picogram/mL
* 50-59 years 7.2-24.0 picogram/mL
* 60+ years 6.6-18.1 picogram/mL
I have a personal “Test Test” that goes likes this:
Waking up with an erection 1-2 times a week = extremely below normal testosterone levels. Go see your doctor
Waking up with an erection 3-4 times a week = less than normal testosterone levels. Fix your nutrition, lifestyle and training
Waking up with an erection 4-5 times a week = almost optimal testosterone levels. Improve your nutrition, lifestyle and training
Waking up with an erection 6-7 times a week = You’re laughing. Life is good. Your body should look spectacular
***Note: This erection assessment is not research tested! If you want to accurately know your testosterone levels and if they are acceptable and normal then visit your physician or anti-agining clinic for hormone modulation. Blood work is necessary to know the true story about your testosterone levels.
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