Article last updated: November 2019 by Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer
4 years ago I wrote my popular article How I Increased My Testosterone Levels By 120% Naturally where I outlined my top strategies for boosting your natural testosterone production.
Since writing this article, I’ve continued following my top methods for boosting testosterone naturally (and learning new testosterone boosting strategies).
Recently I went in and did another testosterone test and it came out at 1100 ng/dL which is beyond the top of the range used at my hospital.
You can see the result here:
For your reference I’m 26 years old and the range goes from roughly 300-900 ng/dL.
In addition, your natural testosterone production is highest in the morning between 6-9 AM, however my test was taken at 1:19 PM, therefore my real morning level is probably closer to 1200 ng/dL.
When I was 18 years old I started at 297 ng/dL (the bottom of the range).
Since then I’ve followed my testosterone optimization strategies to boost my levels all the way up to 1100 ng/dL.
Keep in mind that while 1100 ng/dL is a high level, it’s not beyond what’s achievable naturally.
The average testosterone reading in the 1940’s was closer to 700-900 ng/dL and even today some genetically gifted men have extremely high natural testosterone productions that are in the 1000-1200 ng/dL range which is considered the top.
With that said, most guys that have high levels have high levels naturally.
What makes my test result unique is the 270% increase from age 18 to age 26.
Age 17-18 is supposed to be the age where you have your highest natural testosterone production because your body is undergoing puberty.
However, in my case I had low levels when I was a skinny-fat 18 year old, then got almost 4 times higher levels after nearly 9 years of hard training, a balanced high nutrition diet, sleeping without an alarm and living a high testosterone lifestyle.
This means that optimising your training, diet, sleep and lifestyle over a period of many years can literally transform your hormonal profile and possibly genetics.
How I feel and look with high testosterone levels compared to low testosterone
There are several changes that happened after my testosterone levels increased.
First and foremost, your body-composition changes.
High testosterone levels enable you to put on more muscle mass from your training and muscle mass is metabolically precious which means that your metabolism increases as well.
Over time this results in a body that is leaner and more muscular.
High testosterone levels enabled me to make muscle gains that weren’t possible with low testosterone levels. (See the symptoms of low testosterone in my article Do You Suffer From Low Testosterone Symptoms).
Right now, I’m around 18% body-fat at a bodyweight of 230 pounds (104 KG) and 6’2″ height (188 CM):
I started training at a bodyweight of 200 pounds but had somewhere around 30% body-fat, therefore I’ve gained close to 50 pounds of lean mass with my training.
The vast majority of these gains happened later in my training as my testosterone levels increased.
This is unusual because your body is usually able to gain the vast majority of muscle mass in the first 2 years of training where beginner adaptations happen.
Second, I feel much greater pumps when I train and I actually enjoy training way more than sitting down on the couch and relaxing or doing work on my laptop.
When you have higher testosterone levels you feel more driven and you have an abundance of energy.
Therefore you tend to attack your workouts with much more vigour.
This produces better pumps and a bigger rush from your training sessions.
As my testosterone levels increased, I naturally wanted to workout more often, and I’ve averaged 4-6 2 hour gym training sessions the last 3 years.
Testosterone Levels Vary Based On Your Lifestyle
4 months prior to this test, I had another testosterone test where my levels were just 590 ng/dL.
This means my levels were roughly 50% of what they are now and 75% of my old base-line which was somewhere between 700-900 ng/dL.
The low testosterone level test result was taken after a long period of not following my high testosterone diet and high stress levels.
I wanted to prove to myself that my diet is actually producing the bulk of the testosterone increase I’ve made and it turns out I was right.
You can see the results in my email newsletter Proof That The High Testosterone Diet Works: I Lost 45% Of My Natural Testosterone Production After Going Off The Diet.
Be proud but stay hungry!
Oskar Faarkrog, ISSA Certified Trainer