Does sex or the lack of it affect a bodybuilders training and dieting, which in turn can potentially hamper their physique and potentially doing well in a competition?
There are sports men and women from many disciplines that have at sometime or another stopped from having any sexual activity with a partner before a competition. The belief is that any sexual activity could reduce the power, stamina and strength before a major competition or game.
I’m no Doctor Ruth, but after scouring the internet for research, I managed to get some stats – “Based on serum daily tests on serum levels – athletes that didn’t ejaculate for the first 6 days – the findings found that their levels had not changed. Only on the 7th day, did their levels of testosterone jump by 50%. On the 8th day of no sex, the levels went back to the same as the first 6 days.” – does this mean – “don’t have sex for the first 6 days so you can have a hardcore session in the gym?”
Unfortunately, through my experience of being in a gym environment and around bodybuilders, the last paragraph has become a controversial subject with many differing opinions. There are those that won’t have sex in the days or weeks before a competition for the simple reason to keep testosterone levels high.Nobody wants any kind of obstacle in the way of the ultimate prize on stage!
Other research I found on the internet showed men that were tested saw their testosterone levels jump 100% after watching the first 15 minutes of a porn film, while women came in (excluse the pun) at 80%. Does that mean we should replace all pre- workout shakes with watching the first 15 minutes of a pron film before hitting the gym? We know being aroused increases levels, but does it last as long as taking a pre-workout shake?
The research seemed to suggest that levels stayed at around 75% for 90 minutes. The downside to this, as the research found, is the probability of increased aggression. Studies were also performed on rats, the testosterone levels were tested prior to ejaculation, immediately after one, two, and then four. The tests on rats showed a substantial increase in testosterone levels after one, remaining at the highest level in the rats even after four ejaculations, approximately four hours. What this demonstrates is the probability that workouts after ejaculation or increased sexual activities can be beneficial.
What about women? Some women reported in the research that a burst of energy after sex that resulted in an orgasm, wanting to jump up and clean something, or bounce around the house; while others say they are content to watch television, relax with their partner of just doze off to sleep. Women also found that achieving orgasm at least three times a week increased their “feel good chemicals” – resulting in a more pleasant mood, less rage, less anxiety and a more positive overall outlook. This surely is a positive to any workout! When a woman is fit, and healthy and is lifting weights actively, she has increased caloric needs, increased energy, increased blood flow (this means everywhere), better sleep, regular menstrual cycles and regulated fertility. In other words, increased training, and overall fitness increases and results in a positive outcome on every activity of the body.This will in turn result in a likelihood of a healthier body image, and therefore a healthy sexual image of oneself.
For all of us, lifting weights, losing weight, taking care of your body, will dramatically increase confidence, energy, endurance and the image of oneself as a healthy sexual human being.
Bodybuilding offers a few more benefits aside from increased body image and self-esteem. It also increases overall production of testosterone over a long period of consistent training and its known that men’s testosterone levels can begin to decline as early as 25 years old! The action of lifting weights, for reps, for one hour or more, increases vasodilatation throughout the body; and when a man is a smoker, or has arterial disease in his family, this can affect erections, as the lack of blood flow to the area will eventually cause impotence.
It seems that bodybuilding and training have a lot more of an affect on the body and on sex. Although, that is one really great benefit to being a lean, hard, super-fit person, and to being with someone who holds their body to that standard; you feel great about your body, your body looks great and you know it. A perfect combination is someone who takes care of their body and it shows, and appreciates all the hard work you put into yours, and lets you know often!
There is no reason why anyone of us cannot make great gains in the gym and in the bedroom!
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