Music Lowers Testosterone - AnabolicMinds.com
    • Music Lowers Testosterone


      From Ergo Log

      Lots of athletes like to train to music. That's not so surprising, as music banishes fatigue and reduces pain, facts that have been known since Aristotle. But in 2001 the Japanese endocrinologist Hajime Fukui published the results of a study that might cause you to wonder if there isn't another side to the coin when it comes to training with music. Fukui discovered that music lowers testosterone levels, in men at least.

      Fukui, who works at the Nara University of Education, did an experiment with seventy students aged from 19-25. Half of the students were women and half were men. Fukui got them all to listen to music for 30 minutes.

      Ten students listened in the afternoon to their personal favourite music, ten listened to cantatas sung by Gregorian monks, ten to music that was popular at that moment, ten to Mozart's Sonata in D Major, K. 448, ten to jazz and twenty didn’t listen to any music at all. Each of the groups consisted of equal numbers of men and women.

      Fukui took a saliva sample from each of his subjects before and after they listened to the music, and measured the concentration of testosterone in the saliva. He discovered that listening to music raised the concentration of testosterone in the women [first figure below], but that it lowered the concentration of testosterone in men [second figure below]. The concentration of testosterone in saliva gives an indication of the concentration of testosterone in the blood.





      Fukui interprets his results from an evolutionary theory perspective. He thinks that humans invented music to make living and working together in groups easier. The high level of testosterone in men, which is accompanied by aggression and more or less continuous sex drive, is an impediment to this, and music helps.

      Fukui did not look at what music does to men and women who train. But if they react in the same way as the subjects in this study, then natural male athletes may be reducing their progression by training to background music.

      Among the women, the testosterone boosting effect was strongest among those who listened to music of their own choice.

      Among the men, listening to their own choice of music was what lowered their testosterone levels the most. The damage to the men was confined by listening to Gregorian music. Perhaps not quite the musical accompaniment you'd choose for your workout.

      Source:
      Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Jun; 930:448-51.

      Source: http://www.ergo-log.com/music-lowers...one-level.html
      Comments 48 Comments
      1. southpaw23's Avatar
        southpaw23 -
        Originally Posted by Slappy244 View Post
        What, you from Orlando?

        I tell you what, o-town might be useful as background music in a ladies club. It's been proven by Japanese scientists to raise estrogen levels.

        "I want it all (your hubby's $$) or nothing at all (still take $1s)"
        Okay fine. Two words or one and a letter....N' Sync......game over.
      1. atanocc's Avatar
        atanocc -
        That was a stupid read. Music fckin pumps me up. cant imagine it lowering test, Unless your listing to some depressing/relaxing ****. But most guys I kno listen to some hype shyt wen lifting
      1. southpaw23's Avatar
        southpaw23 -
        Dude, I hear you. Me too. Two words...Celine Dion. Am I right or am I right?
      1. atanocc's Avatar
        atanocc -
        Originally Posted by southpaw23 View Post
        Dude, I hear you. Me too. Two words...Celine Dion. Am I right or am I right?
        Lol did she sang that song from titanic??
      1. southpaw23's Avatar
        southpaw23 -
        Originally Posted by atanocc View Post
        Lol did she sang that song from titanic??
        Ugh yeah and also the "Power of Love?" If that doesn't get you psyched I don't know what will.
      1. atanocc's Avatar
        atanocc -
        Originally Posted by southpaw23 View Post

        Ugh yeah and also the "Power of Love?" If that doesn't get you psyched I don't know what will.
        Haha fckn guy .. If u can get hyped with that shyt.. I give u props my man haha.. You Easily aroused mofo you!
      1. EatMoar's Avatar
        EatMoar -
        Yeah lemme go to the gym without headphones so I can listen to all the bro scientists talk about nonsense. Jesus Christ did Mickey mouse do this study or what?
      1. Cable100k's Avatar
        Cable100k -
        Hahaha. What a pile of horse ****. Music brings intensity. I have a far better workout listening to my metal then listening to other men orgasm every time they lift.
      1. ryanp81's Avatar
        ryanp81 -
        I call bull**** on this one, it's proven that playing Slayer's " war ensemble " increases your testosterone in the gym by 10,000 % .Times that by ten with anything from Exodus, Machine Head or Testament.
      1. Pandabear's Avatar
        Pandabear -
        Originally Posted by 804 View Post
        This has got to be the most absurd thing I've ever seen.
        Totally agree. I mean look at the choices too. Also, did these guys even go to the gym? Usually my gym music gets me in the groove. In any case, a piss poor study.
      1. yanin's Avatar
        yanin -
        A buddy of mine listens to backstreet boys and Molly Syrus because it pisses him off thus increasing test. So whoever said bad pop music isn't effective is a bust
      1. railgun's Avatar
        railgun -
        The only reason why I listen to music while doing cardio is not to die of boredom. Doing exactly the same thing (like running, swimming) for 30 min or longer makes me want to solve differential equations.
      1. mikeg313's Avatar
        mikeg313 -
        It was leg day today. I was blasting Wilson Philips and squatn like a beast! The chunky chicks vocals get me amped!
      1. MillzKillz's Avatar
        MillzKillz -
        Now I know why Lil Wayne is always singing about popping mollys
      1. yanin's Avatar
        yanin -
        Originally Posted by MillzKillz View Post
        Now I know why Lil Wayne is always singing about popping mollys
        Rappers killed the quality of Molly; on that note
      1. Torobestia's Avatar
        Torobestia -
        Originally Posted by ryanp81 View Post
        I call bull**** on this one, it's proven that playing Slayer's " war ensemble " increases your testosterone in the gym by 10,000 %
        Aye
      1. mtinsideout's Avatar
        mtinsideout -
        Originally Posted by railgun View Post
        The only reason why I listen to music while doing cardio is not to die of boredom. Doing exactly the same thing (like running, swimming) for 30 min or longer makes me want to solve differential equations.
        Good lord man it can't be that bad?
      1. railgun's Avatar
        railgun -
        Originally Posted by mtinsideout View Post
        Good lord man it can't be that bad?
        Ever tried to swim 1000m min front crawl (nothing big imho) ? I did, and each time I found myself solving mathematical or programming problems. Same with fasted steady-state cardio early in the morning. It can get too boring. Only thing that helps me is music, thrash metal and distorted guitars (and drummer crazy as hell) to be exact.
        I wonder if they ever tested testosterone levels when listening this kind of music - metal :D Even if it's placebo - it works on me.
      1. Slappy244's Avatar
        Slappy244 -
        "Klinesmith, Kasser, and McAndrew (2006) demonstrated that handling a gun caused males to aggress more in an experiment where they spiked a cup of water with hot sauce, believing that another subject would drink it. They also determined that the increase in aggression was mediated by testosterone levels that were raised by handling the gun. This is a well-accepted, reliable and valid technique for measuring aggression in the laboratory (Lieberman, Solomon, Greenberg, & McGregor, 1999)."

        google:
        Violent Lyrics in Heavy Metal Music Can Increase Aggression in Males, by Mast, John F.; McAndrew, Francis T.

        published in Academic journal article from North American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 1


        The researchers proved that metal increases aggression, but due to a failure with the test equipment they were
        unable to test testosterone levels.

        here is a link to a page that has a copy of the study Braingell Radio | Violent Lyrics in Heavy Metal Music Can Increase Aggression in Males?
      1. Slappy244's Avatar
        Slappy244 -
        this experiment really needs to be run again so we can prove what everyone (except that Japanese guy) already knows

        Log in
        Log in