Bodybuilding How To: Why Testosterone is Important
Where to start?† I guess at the beginning, by saying research on the benefits
and importance of testosterone is not truly conclusive and there are many
reports stating testosterone gives you benefits whilst there are also others
that say it doesnít.
When it comes to bodybuilding and sculpting
cycles, no matter what level weíre at we all have similar desires and questions
such as; how do I get bigger?† How do I
make my chest look fuller?† How do I get
tighter abs?† Or, what do I need to be
able to squat more?† The truth is weíre
all looking for that something extra, whether it be mentally or
What do we already know?
Testosterone is a naturally produced
hormone that is generated in significantly more quantities in the male body due
to its design, size and makeup.†
Testosterone is also found more in men because itís a hormone thatís
predominantly produced by the testicles which are fundamental part of a manís
body.† Testosterone in women is produced
in or rather by the ovaries, but these are smaller in size and have a higher purpose for women.
Testosterone is also an androgen which
means it stimulates male characteristics such us muscle growth and development.
As mentioned, one of the major benefits of
good testosterone levels is muscle growth and development, but there are many
other benefits that are lesser known but just as, if not more important.
Increases in Muscle Mass
A little bit of magic or pure science?† Testosterone is the fundamental building
block for bodybuilding, muscle growth and increased strength.† Why?†
Testosterone promotes protein synthesis which in short means your body
and muscles are aided in producing larger quantities of protein and importantly
are able to retain this protein for better and faster muscle recovery and
growth.† This ultimately leads to
increased muscle mass and superior strength.
Reduce Body Fat
Perhaps a little unknown fact, but
testosterone plays a crucial role in how the bodyís fat metabolism operates so
helping with the levels of glucose and insulin that are created and therefore
passed around and stored in the body.†
The way in which testosterone impacts body fat is this: As our
testosterone levels decrease, so does our ability to maintain glucose and
insulin levels which in turn means we store more fat deposits.† A knock on effect of storing more fat is
that it decreases the amount of testosterone being produced which is then
converted into estrogen.
Testosterone has been seen to increase bone
health in both men and women.† Bone
mineralization is improved as the cycle of how bones reabsorb their own tissues
and cells is decreased.† To ensure you
have stronger, healthier and longer lasting bones later on in life, it is
advised to look at your testosterone levels now to make sure theyíre at their
Itís very well-known that testosterone is
one of if not the major sex hormone, so it comes with absolutely no
surprise that erection and low libido issues are very strongly linked to low
testosterone levels.† Anyone who notices
that their interest in sex has decreased or disappeared should probably look to
get their testosterone levels checked as this is a key sign that testosterone
levels are running low.† Higher libido
also increases confidence, thus showing that testosterone can and will affect
you physically as well as mentally.
Improve Your Brain
Seen most in older men, testosterone levels
have been linked to brain function and alertness.† Studies have found that testosterone levels have a very clear
relationship with memory and as mentioned, particularly in
order men it has been shown that a higher count of testosterone vastly improves
memory functions and decreases brain decay.
Although memory functions are not seen to
be hugely affected in younger men, it is crucially important to obtain a
healthy testosterone lifecycle early on to ensure you reap the benefits later
on in life.
Negatives of Testosterone
Itís important to highlight the negative as
well as the positive attributes that are linked or associated with
testosterone.† There are many myths we
immediately think of when thinking about or discussing testosterone but itís
important to understand that there are no concrete connections to symptoms such
as increased aggression, violence or anti-social behaviours.† There are a number of small studies that
link successful men around the world as having higher levels of testosterone so
it would be easier to link individuals with lower testosterone levels to having
increased aggression or more inclined to be violent.
About the Author
Staying healthy and training as hard as
possible is something Kevin Hodges has dedicated himself to and is a lifecycle
he is keen to help others achieve.† This
is why when it comes to bodybuilding, weightlifting and fitness supplements he
promotes those from Crazy Bulk as theyíre designed and
created using natural extracts and ingredients keeping you healthy, strong and
Having been involved in sports and fitness
from a very young age, training has become a way of life for Kevin but he now
uses skills and experience gained over his career to coach and assist others to
become the best they can be.