Testosterone is one of the most important hormones produced by the body, particularly for males. Not only is it vital to maintaining proper musculature and masculine appearance, it has myriad psychological benefits as well.
There’s been a lot of talk recently about what’s the fuck is wrong with men these days.
Some folks think men just don’t seem as manly as they used to be. When they compare their grandfathers with men today, the latter just don’t seem to stack up. Plenty of theories get thrown around as to the reason behind this perceived decline in manhood — changing economy, video games, feminism —it’s pretty much just bullshit.
But there is in fact one thing about manliness that we can objectively point to as being in decline.
The Decline Of Testosterone
What’s causing this decline in Testosterone? Rising obesity and less smoking, for starters. The latter, while causing a myriad of deleterious health effects, actually increases your T.
But even when these factors are taken into account, they don’t explain the whole decline. It has been theorized that environmental toxins are also playing a big role. Many modern household products and foods contain chemicals that raise your levels of estrogen, and decrease your precious T.
Most of you probably know that your individual testosterone levels fall as you age. But studies have shown that men today, across the population, have about 20% less testosterone than men the same age did just two decades ago.
Yup, we are slowly being womanized.
Society believes that too much testosterone turns us into uncontrollable animals. This is far from reality.
High testosterone men are the rule-enforcers of society. They’re the ones who call out people on their shenanigans – who chase down the criminal, or tell the idiot to shut up. However, that doesn’t mean that they’re more aggressive, as it’s typically understood; they’re more likely to enforce the rules, yes, but they’re not more likely to violate them. They’re less “generous” – in other words, they’re less likely to suck-up to strangers – but they are not more likely to violate norms and standards in the first place.
They are action-takers. Change-makers.
Basically the Elite 1%.
So if you’ve ever felt like men today just don’t have the same swagger, the same virility as your grandpa did, that they don’t look and act as masculine as the strapping men you see in black and white photographs, well it turns out it’s not all in your head. There’s a reason guys today are more like the J-Biebs than George Clooney, and it’s because we don’t have as much T flowing through our veins anymore.
So what are you going to do about it?
There are 2 steps to changing any behaviour or anything in general. The first step you, have a already taken, is awareness. The second step is now making a conscious effort everyday to do something about it.
I could go for hours writing about proper weightlifting protocols as well as dieting strategies to optimize Testosterone levels. This is covered extensively in the Badass Body Blueprint.
However the point of this post was to give you an immediate result. Something you can do right after you’re done reading to change the way you feel and ultimately you’re destiny.
This led me to behaviour and analyzing body language and how it affects how we feel. As the legendary Tony Robbins says “Motion Creates Emotion”.
Harvards Research On Body Language And Testosterone
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
You can watch the TED Talk here:
The 2 Minute Testosterone Rush Formula
The 2-minute testosterone rush is to be done 3-4x a day for 2 minutes every 4 hours or so. It may feel weird at first to go and do something like this when no one else is, however everyone else leads mediocre lives and doesn’t know what you know. Like nike says…Just Fucking do it!
The 2 Minute T-Rush is well obviously 2 minutes long. The entire time you’re going to be very open with your body language posing like this:
Close your eyes. Stand up. And copy the body language C. Ronaldo is doing with your arms open, spread out above your head.
The first minute you are going to do a 4 count meditative breathing exercise like this
4 seconds breath in.
4 seconds hold.
4 second breath out.
4 seconds hold.
Repeat the entire process 3 more times (or 4 times total)
For the second minute all you are going to is visualize what you want your body to look like while staying in the same testosterone pose as before. Arms up and out over the head like you just won a championship. Eyes closed. Breath deeply. Visualize…
Your abs, pecs shoulders, biceps. Visualize every detail. How much do you want to be able to push in the gym? The size and strength of the muscles. How people react to you with your new body etc.
Now go and schedule the reminders on your phone for the 2 Minute Testosterone Rush.
My intervals look like this
8am Wake Up – Testosterone Rush
12pm Testosterone Rush
4pm Testosterone Rush
8pm Testosterone Rush
Scheduled the reminders now!
I may miss one session once in a while but being on 90% of the time is golden. However for the first 7 days you need to be perfect and not miss one. If you do happen to miss a session, simply restart for another 7 days.
1. Testosterone Administration Decreases Generosity in the Ultimatum Game
Paul J. Zak mail, Robert Kurzban, Sheila Ahmadi, Ronald S. Swerdloff, Jang Park, Levan Efremidze, Karen Redwine, Karla Morgan, William Matzner
2. High-testosterone men reject low ultimatum game offers
Terence C. Burnham
3. A Cohort Effect on Serum Testosterone Levels in Finnish Men
Antti Perheentupa, Juuso Mäkinen, Tiina Laatikainen, Matti Vierula, Niels Skakkebaek, Anna-Maria Andersson, Jorma Toppari
4. A Population-Level Decline in Serum Testosterone Levels in American Men
Thomas G. Travison et al. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism January 1, 2007 vol. 92 no. 1 196-202