Weight Lifting Shown To Slow Down Spartan Racers

Weight Lifting Shown To Slow Down Spartan Racers

But not for reasons you may think…

Research held in the Human Performance Laboratory at Penn State University finds weight-lifting can significantly lower testosterone levels in men for more than 13 hours post workout.

obstacle course racing doctorBradley Nindl, of the U.S. Military Performance Division and a small team of researches are the first to test the negative side-effects of resistance training in healthy males.

What they discovered is shocking

The male subject’s hormone levels were “stunted” for 13 hours post-workout due to poor endocrine function. Researchers reported significantly lower total testosterone, free testosterone and luteinizing hormone levels. All important chemicals for fitness performance, muscle building, and producing what doctor’s call, “sex steroids” in your testes.

Resistance training is now being added to the “red flag” list of exercise-induced testosterone depletion activities.

RELATED: Anabolic Running – How 16-Minutes Of Running Is Scientifically Measured To Increase Testosterone And Growth Hormone In Men

Previously… lifting weights was known for increasing testosterone levels in men. However the results of this experiment showed a clear 15% decrease in total testosterone and 24% reduction in luteinizing hormone.

Needless to say, the above research has flipped everything we thought about weight lifting on it’s head.

Researchers exposed more “testosterone killers” for men, including endurance training. A common practice for Spartan racers, Crossfit athletes, and Triathletes.

I’ve personally suffered the side-effects. Exercise-induced testosterone depletion almost destroyed my marriage (more on the next page). I lost a lot of muscle mass in the process and for the first time in my life, I hated my physique. 

Male-runner-tired-1Fortunately, I came across a short and simple running technique which drove-up my testosterone and restored my muscle mass and then some. This new running method is nicknamed the “gold standard cardio solution for men”. I wrote a short article about my experience. (You can read it here).

There’s more. The experiment discussed “exercise junkie” workouts. The ones lasting for 60-minutes, most days of the week. Unfortunately, more bad news for gym rats. A massive increase in cortisol levels were confirmed…

This “stress-hormone”, when balanced with testosterone, is a good thing. However, long and intense workouts, multiple days per week can cause a cortisol imbalance – a dangerous “hormonal tilt” causing men’s testosterone levels to shrink while cortisol quickly invade your bloodstream.

The side-effects are similar to those of andropause. Also known as “male-menopause”. Andropause can be triggered by any testosterone reducing activity.

You may be experiencing these symptoms right now:

  • Trouble losing fat, especially around the midsection and lower back region.
  • Low sex drive.
  • Fatigue and chronic “energy swings” throughout the day
  • Muscle loss or inability to gain muscle
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure

Be honest with yourself. Are you experiencing andropause? If you are, consider changing your workouts immediately. I strongly suggest you take a look at this scientifically proven anabolic running trick made for men.

Last conclusion from the research. Short and intense workouts are key for more testosterone and growth hormone. If you refuse to cut-back your workout duration, you are putting your testosterone levels at risk and lowering your true performance potential.

You’ll block the only hormones that help men like you, build muscle, perform on competition day, andtired-man-gym-6-reasons-not-fit even have sex. You’ll feel more like a caged animal. Like a hamster running endlessly on a wheel.

It’s a problem. The red flag list is growing. If you’re serious about increasing your testosterone and improving race performance, you can’t just accept any and all information these days. Most guys follow any advice as long as there’s a picture of a juiced-up bodybuilder on the cover. I was one of those guys once…

I know this information is daunting. It’s unexpected. These days you feel like everything is waging war against your manhood. And you’re right. It is! But it doesn’t have to be this way…

Amongst the muck of information out there, I stumbled across an ancient running technique scientifically proven to increase testosterone, boost VO2 Max, flood your body with growth hormone, and trigger greater blood flow muscle-pumping vascularity with only 16-minutes per week.

Will it work for everyone? No. Will it work for some guys? Maybe…

That’s up to you…

Check Out The 16 Minute Per Week Running Technique That Boosts All 3 Of Your Anabolic Hormones…  


Joe LoGalbo is an obstacle race trainer for racers of all levels - elite and beginners. He is also the creator of the revolutionary Obstacle Race Training systems: Obstacle Overtake System, Obstacle Insanity Program, Obstacle Beast Program, and The Short Course Crushers Program. Joe is passionately providing the OCR community with expert training and nutrition articles and videos daily.

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