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.
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.
A definitive way to know if you are suffering from low testosterone levels is getting them tested. There are organisations that offer this, which has mainly come about due to getting these types of tests through most doctors and national health services extremely difficult and time consuming! I’ve actually done an article on this, providing an overview of my recommended testosterone testing service in the UK, you can find out more about it and how these services tend to work as a whole in this Home Testosterone Test – My Recommended UK Service
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.
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.