Gym, testosterone and aggressiveness
The anabolic properties of testosterone are well documented with respect to strength training and hypertrophy. Thus, we have found positive correlations and causality between training-induced elevations in testosterone and increasing the area of the muscle cross section. However, it is also common to think that more testosterone is directly related to more aggressive… let’s see if it’s true.
One of the arguments on which it is based this correlation is drawn from studies in mice, which can draw the following conclusions:
- Castration reduces aggression.
- Hormone replacement of testosterone in castrated mice causes aggression to recover.
- Administering testosterone in females (rats) reproduces the aggressive effect.
Obviously, though physiologically humans and mice can be similar, we are not in sociocultural terms. Mice have very different to that of most humans since, for example, a male mouse manages a Harem female must defend against other male reproductive system and territorial. And bad that many men think they can do so, it is not prevalent in people.
Thus, while testosterone does prove that mice are more aggressive, it does not prove that people more aggressive.
Testosterone levels respond to challenges and to stimuli of a sexual nature. In fact, the level of testosterone increases is anticipating possible challenges, encouraging behaviors aimed at overcoming them.
A clear example is given in sport. The sport’s main objective is to beat an opponent, either team or individual. In these cases, it has been shown that:
- As the time approaches to compete, increase testosterone levels compared to baseline, both men and women.
- After competing, beat further increases testosterone levels compared to before competing only in men.
- Conversely, losing reduces testosterone levels compared to before competing in both men and women.
- Men who overcame in their competition, they were more eager to win over it, although this would involve being more aggressive.
You can extrapolate to the gym?
In the previous section reference to “win” or “win” in sports where its meaning is clearly evident is done. At the gym, on the other hand, a large number of practitioners of bodybuilding do not try to beat another individual, if not his own self; so the concept of “winning” is more complex.
In relation to this, sure many will be able to answer the following questions:
“When are you more aggressive or angry with yourself after completing your training as planned in your schedule or having failed without achieving the goal?”.
If the answer was “having failed without achieving the goal”, you’re probably right; but that does not mean that your testosterone levels are higher in that case. Contrary to what it may seem, the stress generated by not having achieved the objective causes the body to naturally release more cortisol (catabolic hormone) which already is generated during training.
On the opposite side, having completed training as planned planning favors a greater sense of well – being (via endorphins) and something else the release of anabolic hormones like testosterone.
Therefore, there is no positive correlation between increased testosterone and an individual who is more aggressive after training.
- Testosterone prepares the human being to face a challenge.
- Testosterone increases in response to being the winner of the challenge.
- Status is improved not only physical aggression.
Importantly, the level of testosterone depends on the context. Thus, if a situation requires physical aggression, seeking to overcome aggression, they will attend to overcome, being the people who are given testosterone more likely to understand a normal situation as conflicting.
On the other hand, if the situation to feel victorious or recognized requires altruism, show their speaking ability or even make your partner feel special, testosterone levels will rise to show their best on that particular aspect.