Comparison of changes in testosterone concentrations after strength and endurance exercise in well trained men

Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol. 1991;63(6):467-71. doi: 10.1007/BF00868080.


Changes in the testosterone concentrations after single sessions of endurance and strength training were measured in seven well trained men, experienced in both forms of training. Both training sessions were rated as hard to very hard on the Borg scale. Blood samples for testosterone measurements were taken before, immediately after, and 2, 4 and 6 h after the training sessions as well as the next morning. The mean testosterone concentration increased 27% (P less than 0.02) and 37% (P less than 0.02) during the strength and endurance training session, respectively. Two hours after the training sessions the mean testosterone concentration had returned to the pre-training level and remained at that level for the length of the observation period. There were no significant differences in the changes in testosterone concentration after strength and endurance training but there were large differences in the testosterone response at the level of the individual. A high correlation (r = 0.98; P less than 0.001) for individuals was found between increases in testosterone concentration after strength and after endurance training. It was concluded that the changes in mean testosterone values followed the same timecourse after single sessions of strength and endurance training of the same duration and perceived exertion. The interindividual differences in testosterone response may be of importance for individual adaptation to training.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Physical Endurance / physiology*
  • Running
  • Testosterone / blood*
  • Weight Lifting


  • Testosterone