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On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the best exercises to boost testosterone naturally for men.
I’ll also be covering why certain exercises are better than others, including which movements are also the best fat burning and muscle building exercises.
If you’ve been a subscriber of our YouTube channel, you’ve probably seen my videos about how I naturally raised my testosterone through proper nutrition, training, and changes to my lifestyle.
To summarize, I had my first testosterone test when I was 31 years old.
My test results showed my testosterone levels were in the low to mid 300s.
Thinking back, I’m not that surprised, as I was overtraining with the wrong types of workouts and exercises, over worked as a new entrepreneur, and stressed out.
At the time, I remember having a lower libido, I struggled with energy crashes and fatigue, and was probably showing early signs of depression.
10 years later, I’m now a 41 year old dad of 2 young kids, and have naturally boosted my testosterone levels from the low 300s to between the high 500s and low 600s.
I did this naturally by changing up the exercises I follow in my workout programs, and by following the 8 nutrition, training, and lifestyle tips I shared in this post.
But before I share the best exercises to boost natural testosterone, I want to first talk about how you know if your testosterone levels are low.
Well first be honest with yourself.
Do you feel like you’re suffering from these common symptoms of low testosterone?
If the answer is yes, the best way to find out if you have low testosterone levels, is to get a blood test.
You can possibly get this test by visiting your doctor, or you can now get your testosterone levels tested in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
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Now that you know how to test your testosterone levels at home, let’s get into the best exercises to boost testosterone naturally for men.
First of all, obesity is one of the major causes of men with low testosterone.
So one of the best ways for most men to naturally boost testosterone, is losing fat.
When it comes to naturally boosting your testosterone levels, exercise is just one piece of the overall healthy lifestyle puzzle.
Following a properly structured workout program, with the right types of exercises, the right type of diet, sufficient sleep and recover, and lowering stress levels is key.
When it comes to exercise, the two types of workouts that are most beneficial in burning fat and naturally boosting testosterone are:
Following a weight lifting routine comprised of compound, multi-joint exercises, with shorter rest periods, 3-5 times a week, has been shown to increase testosterone after the workouts.
Short and quick HIIT workouts compared to longer endurance, low intensity steady state cardio, also has been shown to increase testosterone.
So what is a compound multi-joint exercise?
Most exercises can be classified as either a multi-joint or single joint exercise.
The big difference is multi-joint exercises recruit more than one muscle at a time.
Single-joint exercises tend to isolate only one muscle for the majority of the lift.
For example, a leg extension on a leg extension machine locks in the leg thereby primarily isolating one muscle group, the quadriceps.
This would be classified as a single-joint isolation exercise.
Although most single-joint exercises do use other muscles, they often use them to a much smaller degree.
Compare this move with a compound multi-joint movement such as the barbell clean and press.
During a barbell clean and press, your body recruits many different muscle groups including the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, calves, shoulders, back, and core.
Based on this, which exercise do you think requires the most workload and energy to complete a rep?
There’s no question that multi-joint exercises require a higher workload to complete compared to a single-joint exercises.
Workload takes into account the:
Lets apply the above formula to these two different exercises so we can see which exercise has a higher workload to complete:
Workload of a leg extension:
Total workload of a leg extension = 5,040 * 0.5 = 2,520 lbs/foot
Workload of a clean and press:
Total workload of a barbell clean and press = 4,860 * 4 = 19,440 lbs/foot
As you can clearly see, selecting the right kind of multi-joint exercises is key.
Although you’re lifting similar weight and completing the same amount of sets and reps, the Barbell Clean and Press takes over 7 times more work to complete, in the same amount of time, then the Leg Extension.
To sum it up:
Higher workloads are accomplished by focusing on multi-joint exercises that recruit numerous different muscles, thus allowing you to lift more weight, and require the weight to be moved in a longer range of motion and distance.
Based on this, to naturally boost testosterone, the best exercises are compound, multi-joint movements that recruit the bigger muscle groups.
These compound exercises will increase your body’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), thus creating the most calorie burn, and eliciting the most beneficial fat burning and muscle building hormonal response in your body.
Examples of compound multi-joint exercises include:
These compound, multi-joint exercises should be the primary focus of your workouts to lose fat, build muscle, and naturally boost testosterone.
For most people, going to the gym is hard.
But what’s even hard is going to the gym and not seeing any improvements.
This is why we always include these higher workload exercises in our full body workout programs, such as our Awaken The Abs Within and Afterburn workout programs.
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