Testosterone And Muscle Building – How The Two Are Linked

Are Testosterone And Muscle Building Linked?

Are testosterone and muscle building truly linked? People take anabolic steroids on that basis as they flood your body with testosterone, enabling you to build muscle at a faster rate, so the simple answer is yes increasing your testosterone does lead to an increase in muscle growth.

Steroids however are synthetic and the amount of testosterone introduced to your body isn’t in line with what can occur naturally. Flooding your body with a high amount of testosterone like this comes with a host of negative health impacts. I will be covering these in greater detail in future posts. In this post we’re looking at what effect naturally occurring testosterone levels have on muscle building.

Numerous studies have been conducted looking at the link between testosterone and muscle building. The outcomes of the different studies while slightly varying tell the same “story”. That story is having low testosterone levels has a negative impact on the amount of muscle you can gain & you may in fact lose muscle mass.

On the flip side having the highest testosterone levels you can reach naturally; or raising your levels from say naturally average to the higher end, will likely see a small impact in terms of increased muscle growth but not a huge one.

Where a key difference can be found in terms of testosterone and muscle building is increasing levels from low to higher. So if, you suffer from low testosterone levels you can see a big difference in terms of the amount of muscle mass you can pack on by getting your Testosterone to a naturally high level.

What Studies To Check Out

So I’ve referred to the results of numerous studies that have been conducted in to the links between Testosterone and muscle building. So I thought it would be useful to direct you to some of these studies, so you can have a more in depth read for yourself.

Testosterone and Muscle building study 1

Testosterone and Muscle building study 2

Testosterone and Muscle building study 3

The three studies above, give you an idea of the effects low levels & high levels of testosterone have on male bodies. Have a read through the overviews to gain a more in depth understanding of how testosterone and muscle building are linked.

The Effect Of Low Testosterone On Muscle Mass

As we’ve mentioned above and you’ll be able to see in the studies, people with low testosterone levels tend to have less muscle mass, struggle to add muscle and may even begin losing existing muscle mass. Having low testosterone levels also leads to retaining & increased body fat and as we know, the more fat you’re carrying the less muscular your body looks. Men with very low testosterone levels are often overweight or have that “skinny fat” type look to them.

How Increasing Testosterone Can Increase Muscle Mass

As we’ve covered if you have average of or naturally high testosterone levels, increasing them further naturally isn’t going to have much impact in terms of increased muscle gains.

Where you can see benefit by naturally increasing your levels, is if you’re suffering from low levels. As we’ve established having low levels of testosterone has a negative impact on your ability to gain muscle and possibly lead to losing existing muscle mass. So increasing them will allow you to counter this and in the majority of cases allow you to start gaining muscle again.

If you find yourself struggling to gain muscle mass despite regular weight lifting, it may be a case that you’re suffering from low T and in that scenario naturally increasing your testosterone levels, can be enough to stop the loss of muscle mass and see some further gains.

Final Thoughts On How Testosterone & Muscle Building Are Linked

So in conclusion we can say that testosterone and muscle building are linked. In fact your testosterone levels effect your muscle mass in a couple of different ways.

If your testosterone levels are low you can experience a loss in existing muscle mass and/ or struggle to gain muscle mass. When suffering from low levels, if you increase them naturally you can see an increase in how much muscle you’re able to gain and will begin to see results where your progress to date may have felt slow or non-existent.

If you have normal or moderately high testosterone levels, you can see a minimal increase in muscle mass by naturally increasing your testosterone levels; but not the same impact as synthetically increasing levels by taking something like steroids.

So the main scenario in which testosterone and muscle building effect each other is when you’re suffering from low testosterone levels. As we’ve covered having low levels leads to a lack of muscle and being able to add further muscle. Now I’ll be doing posts in the future on signs that you may have low testosterone & what average levels should be per age group so you can gauge if levels are low.

One thing I do need to highlight is, that for the best part we’ve been talking about natural testosterone production. Steroids can synthetically increase your levels to a point where even if you already have naturally high testosterone levels you can still further increase muscle mass. Now there are multiple negatives to taking steroids both financial & health based; and I’ll be covering those in future posts as well, so keep an eye out for them.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, if you have any questions, thoughts, studies or experience etc. you’d like to share regarding how testosterone & muscle building are linked or testosterone as whole, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you/ discuss with you.

46 thoughts on “Testosterone And Muscle Building – How The Two Are Linked

    1. Hi Tony,

      No problem, yeah your testosterone levels effect your body and wider health in a large number of ways! Keep an eye out for my future articles on how T effects your health as a whole!

  1. Thanks for the information. As a 44 year old male, I have wondered about my testosterone levels for some time now. I am pretty sure that they are not at the levels they should be. It seems I struggle to keep what i Have, much less add. I’ll be checking back more often.

  2. Thanks for the article. The correlation between testosterone level and building muscle is well explained. I have one question, however: Is there an easier way to measure your testosterone level to determine if you can benefit from an increase?

    1. Hi Thierry,

      Yes I’d recommend taking a testosterone test, I’ll be doing some reviews of different services available, so keep an eye out for these. You can get these from your doctor but it isn’t always easy and convincing them you need a testosterone test can be a lot of hard work in it self!

    1. Hi Mohammed,

      I’m glad you found it interesting, if you want any tips regarding increasing testosterone levels and how it can increase muscle mass, let me know!

  3. Awesome!! i never knew testosterone played a huge role in muscle growth. i always thought it was just related to male and female sex drive. however, i would really love to know what foods and exercises i can do to prevent muscle loss as a result of low testosterone 

    Thanks for sharing !!

    1. Hi Kemdi, 

      Testosterone and muscle building certainly do go hand in hand. In terms of what helps increase testosterone check out these articles

      Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

      Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

      Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives Part 1

      Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – The Unusual Ones

      I’ll be covering the types of exercise that increase T in future articles, so keep your eyes out for them!

  4. Such a timely read in terms of the effects of low testosterone not only on muscle building which was the focus of your writing, but I was glad to see you also addressed symptoms of low testosterone.  Low testosterone (outside muscle building) affects the quality of life of many men – struggling with weight gain, inability to lose weight, sexual issues, reduced muscle mass (just in terms of being able to physically mow the grass or participate in casual sporting events), and even body mass redistribution.  Glad to see that you will address anabolic steroid doping in future writing.  A well-written informative piece that is sure to stimulate interest!

    1. Hi Sharon, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful , please come back in future to check out my other articles.

      Thanks

      Nathan

  5. Hi there,

    I rarely post comments on the internet, but I couldn’t go without thanking you for this amazing article which contains a lot of interesting information. As a newbie in this field (started to exercise 1 month ago), I found a lot of valuable information here that will be useful and will definitely help me in near future!

    Thank you,Nick.

    1. Hi Nick, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      Yeah increasing your testosterone will certainly help with losing body fat and increasing testosterone production. It also brings a number of other health benefits.

  6. Your post was very eye opening about how testosterone and muscle are truly link. The effect of low testosterone on muscle mass has really shown me why people have less muscle mass and begin to lose existing muscle mass. However, one question I have is, what can people do to increase their testosterone level and build their muscle? Thanks for the answer in advance.

  7. testosterone and muscle building how the two are Linked is a wonderful article. I myself have a high testosterone level and my muscle mass it doesn’t increase no matter what I do.

    This was a very informative article I really appreciate all the information you gave on muscle mass and why some people’s increasing some doesn’t. 

    Thank you again for this. For me to article.

    1. Hi Quinn,

      I’m glad you found this useful!

      If you’ve reached your peak in terms of testosterone production, it may be you need to look at training methods to increase muscle gains.

  8. I like how the paragraphs are in nice easily digestible chunks. You do explain well how testosterone increases muscle growth, and show how the two are linked. However, you don`t say how someone can increase their own testosterone levels naturally, and there is little scientific background to the explanation. You do make clear a good point that there are many dangers associated with steroid use to gain muscle.

    1. Hi Mark, 

      I’m glad you found this useful , yeah testosterone and muscle building certainly go hand in hand. Check out the studies I provided links to in the article, they give you an overview of the studies.

      With regards to ways to increase testosterone production, check out these articles

      Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

      Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

      Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives Part 1

      Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – The Unusual Ones

  9. Hi,

    This is an interesting post. I did know that testosterone levels are important in men for a few reasons, and one being able to build muscle. I didn’t know if the loss of muscle mass was the result in low T levels, that too is interesting. You mentioned that if your T level is low that you could boost it naturally instead of using the synthetic testosterone that is harmful to your body. How do you increase your levels naturally?

    This post was really directed at men, but women today, want to build muscle. Is there muscle mass linked to their testosterone levels? I am an older women who probably now has low levels of T, but wants to recover from surgery buy strength building, which would include building a little muscle mass. Is this still possible.?

    Mary

    1. Hi Mary, 

      I’m glad you found it interesting, yes testosterone and muscle building do go hand in hand for both men and women, in fact women can also have a series of health issues if they have low T/ estrogen dominance and low muscle mass is included amongst them.

      There are several ways to increase testosterone production, I’d advise checking out these articles to start.

      Foods That Boost Testosterone Production – The Big List

      Foods That Lower Testosterone – The Big List

      Things That Lower Testosterone & Alternatives Part 1

      Ways To Increase Testosterone Naturally – The Unusual Ones

  10. There was a while there where I was lifting weights and all I was seeing was definition. No matter how much I worked out I would gain no muscle mass and I guess it had to do with low levels of Testosterone.

    Now I guess the remaining question is, how does one increase Testosterone the healthy way?

  11. My husband is 46 and going on 47 soon and he is always worried about loosing muscle mass.  I always tell him not to worry because he still looks good for a 46 year old.  I did hear in the past that as men get older their levels go down and I guess I can’t blame him for being worried.  I going to have my husband read your article because there is a lot of helpful information. 

    -Dora

    1. Hi Dora,

      That is around the age that a decline may become more noticeable, a loss of muscle mass is one of the major signs. The good thing is that you can reduce the decline by making lifestyle changes, yes get him to check out my site, there are and will be plenty of practical tips he can follow.

  12. Hi there Nate,

    I’m female and didn’t read your article for myself of course. However, I always like to learn things that concern the men in my family. Too often they don’t stop to take care of themselves.

    I definitely learned something today from your post about testosterone levels and muscle mass for men. I have bookmarked this article so the men in my family can read it for themselves. Thank you for taking the time to research and present the information. This is good work and a very easy read.

    V. Pearl

    1. Hi Vanna,

      I’m glad you found the article useful, yes please do advise the men close in your life to take a look. Testosterone and muscle building are closely linked, so if they are worried they are losing muscle mass or struggling to gain muscle get them to look a bit sooner.

  13. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about muscle building and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for muscle building.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ali,

      I’m glad that you found this article so useful!

      Yes if you’re looking to increase your muscle mass, you need to make sure that your testosterone levels are at the very least average. The higher you can get them naturally the better in terms of gains.

      Yes please do check out my other articles, they you will see plenty of advice on how to increase your testosterone and muscle with it.

  14. This is a very informative and detailed post. Thinking i knew much about my own body, but after reading this, i feel like i know nothing at all. I never knew testosterone can have that much impact on how much weight you gain or loose, if i knew this earlier, a different approach would have been take in my road to loosing body fat and gaining muscles. Thanks for this information

    1. Hi Samson, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful, yes your hormone profile is a major dictator of your weight loss and muscle mass gains, with testosterone being the primary hormone responsible, making sure you have healthy levels is of importance. 

      I advise checking out this foods that boost testosterone production  article as good place to start for increased testosterone production.

      Thanks

  15. Hi Nate Stone? I am not in any sports at all but have been thinking lately about building my muscles a bit to compliment my physical appearance. What is key to me is that whichever method I use should be safe for my health in general. Your article had given me much needed insights, among which now I know that I need to uptake more testosterone. I will check out the studies to which you have kindly provided links and I will also be on the lookout for your future posts on dangers of flooding the body with testosterone.

    Many thanks and best regards

  16. Great and interesting information here. I never knew about the link between muscle mass and testosterone levels in males. I would be glad to read more about how one can naturally increase testosterone levels when its low. Whiles you’ve provided the benefits of naturally high levels of testosterone to muscle, what are the factors that results in its reduction?

    1. Hi D, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful!

      If you want to look at ways to naturally increase testosterone, I advise checking out this foods that boost testosterone production article.

      With regards to what lowers testosterone, it’ a few different things. Your diet, the chemicals you are exposed to, putting your body under stress & suffering from stress all lower testosterone production. There are other things as well, if you want tips on ways to lower stress take a look at this article on ways to increase testosterone naturally – reduce stress & things that lower testosterone & alternatives as a good starting point as ways to increase T

  17. I workout regularly. Even though I don’t take Anabolics it was really useful for me to know about Testosterone and Muscle Building. Before reading this article I did not know about all the side affects it had on human body. It was really an useful article to read about. People who are using this should definitely check this out. Thank you for writing this article and sharing it with us.

    1. Hi Sujandar,

      I’m glad you found it useful! 

      Yeah your testosterone levels are as important as your workout and your diet when it comes to building muscle.

  18. Thank you for sharing with us this great post on testosterone and muscle building. You have explained well the relationship between the too and as I can see low level of testosterone can affect negatively the body.

    I have a question.Is there anyway to increase level of testosterone so that you recommend it to people who need to increase it?

  19. What a great article! I have often wondered just how steroids work inside our bodies, now after reading your testosterone tips, I know! So, if the testosterone levels affect muscle mass, this IS one of the causes of losing muscle mass as we age? (according to your study link #2) 

    I know it happens, because I can see it happening! I noticed my butt disappearing, and some flabby lower biceps! So, I started some weight training to bring that back!  Not easy to do quickly!

    But, I can still increase my overall muscle mass with a steady workout program. I guess I need to have my testosterone  level checked and then decide if I need to boost my testosterone level. I would prefer to do it naturally. what are the best natural supplements I could take to achieve that? I would appreciate any help.

    Thanks for the great testosterone tips! I will be back for more!

    Chas

    1. Hi Chas,

      Thank for your comments, the problem with steroids can be that they produce so much testosterone that your body stops producing it own and they can come with other side effects on top of that.

      Yes testosterone and muscle building are linked and lowering testosterone levels is one of the reason muscle mass lowers as you age, T levels start to drop after the age of about 30.

      Yeah when it comes  to building muscle, there are essentially “three pillars” these are your hormones (steroids & human growth hormone), your workout and your diet.

      Vitamin D, c, K, zinc, magnesium etc. all help increase testosterone production, I’d advise the best place to start is is this foods that boost testosterone production article, it tells you the main vitamins and mineral that help increase T an the food sources that provide them.

  20. Hi Nathan, Nathan here or Nate, like you 🙂

    As a high school teacher, I am a firm believer that teachers and students learn from each other.

    One of my students who struggles with math, informed me last week that I shoud take testosterone
    supplements to increase muscle mass. We were discussing building muscle in between math problems, and he suggested that I take a testosterone booser and something called “Creatine”.

    I did what he suggested and have been feeling a bit stronger at the gym.

    I think he was correct and my initial comment, that we all learn from each other, is correct.

    What are your thoughts?

    1. Hey Nate,

      Yep creating does help increase testosterone and is great for muscle building as a whole. Your student is 100% right, having a lack/ lower T can lead to reduced ability to gain muscle or even reduced muscle mass, it can also lead to weight gain and reduced fat loss. There are other things that testosterone effects, check this article out to find out more: Testosterone and health

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