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    45 minutes and testosterone

    my friend told me the other day that he only works out for 45 minutes as after that your body does not produce much or any testosterone which means that your not really going to get any gains. its seems to work for him and i'm not sure if this is just one of those 'everybody is different' things or if it is a good rule to follow.

    have never really thought much along this line and am wondering what do you guys think?
    H - 185cm (6'1") W - 85 kg (188 lbs) Age - 38

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    Senior Member RichMcGuire's Avatar
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    This has been talked about quite a bit here. Some people think that after an hour of training, testosterone and growth hormone decrease, making more time in the gym worthless.

    My advice is dont worry about it. There are plenty of programs that keep you in the gym just over an hour and some more serious lifters are in the gym much longer too. Plus, this rule doesnt talk about warmups or anything. Its so ungodly vague. You could be a lazy bastard in the gym spending most of your time trotting to the damn drinking fountain. Just lift. If youre progressing, thats all that matters.
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    It's not even clear whether this increase in hormone concentration (which appears to be mostly hemoconcentration and not actual increased hormone output) has any significant impact whatsoever on long term training adaptation. There are plenty of reasons not to do marathon training sessions all the time, but hormone production is not near the top of the list for me.
    If your overall program is reasonable and you're getting results, don't worry about it.

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    Westside Bencher Travis Bell's Avatar
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    To somewhat echo what the other guys have already said, I wouldn't worry about the testosterone production so much (although I do seem to remember reading a couple of halfway decent studies on it awhile back that supported the one hour thing) as you need to be more concerned about getting your training done in a timely manner.

    The majority of guys who say they train 2hrs or more really have a lazy approach to their training. Get in the gym, get to work and get out. Don't stand around taking 10min between sets, talking to everyone. If you train hard and consistent, there really isn't any reason as to why you shouldn't be able to get all the necessary work done in an hour.

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    in the last year i've gained 13 kilos so i must be doing something right
    i generally train between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours with little time inbetween sets.
    thanks for the replies!
    H - 185cm (6'1") W - 85 kg (188 lbs) Age - 38

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