There is a myth perpetuating the locker room that sex can hinder muscle growth. This is believed so much that many bodybuilders abstain from sex, at least during competition time. The thinking behind this bold idea is that sex uses up testosterone, which is the male hormone that facilitates muscle growth. This myth might be possible if testosterone were like disposable batteries where you can only use it once; but just like your libido, testosterone can be replenished with a few key tips.
Watch this video to discover what impact sex can have on your gym routine, as well as what you can do to boost both your sex life and your muscle building results!
Note: While we will be talking about the impact of sex on building muscle, the same rules apply for masturbation.
Sex & Stress
While many people think sex can hinder muscle growth, the truth is Cortisol, the stress hormone, is what will put muscle on your bones. Cortisol tells the body there is a fight or flight situation, and that it must take action to reach a safer place. Any non-essential bodily functions will be stopped where possible to reserve energy. As sex is stress relieving, it naturally reduces the amount of Cortisol. Instead, you need to use the gym to increase your Cortisol levels!
Researchers at McMaster’s looked at the relationship between post-workout cortisol levels and changes in strength, lean body mass, and muscle fiber cross-sectional area. They found that after 12 weeks of resistance training, high post-workout cortisol levels were correlated with gains in lean body mass and changes in type II muscle fiber size.
Read more: Cortisol And Your Workouts
Outcome: Sex reduces stress, which lowers Cortisol. This negatively influences muscle growth, as Cortisol supports muscle growth.
Sex & Body Fat
While many guys workout to look better for their partner, you might be surprised to learn that the lower your body fat, the lower your libido is likely to drop. The good news is, unless you are looking to compete as a professional bodybuilder, you probably won’ lose enough body fat for it to matter. If however you have less than 10% body fat then you can expect to see your libido drop. This is because your body goes into a starvation mode and takes sex off the list of critical tasks.
Outcome: If you want to get buff, you might risk losing some of your mojo. However, you need to get really buff to do so. You can eat your mojo back into action with healthy fats.
Sex & Zinc
If you want to have fantastic sex and workouts, it is a good idea to add a Zinc supplement to your diet each day. Muscles depend on Zinc when strengthening, but you might not have enough Zinc available, as many men are Zinc deficient. This is because your body also utilizes Zinc when you orgasm. Depending on how much time you spend in the gym or the bedroom, you might not be getting the results you want without this one facilitator.
Zinc is so important because it is found in every tissue in the body and is directly involved in cell division. It is a powerful antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer, but zinc also is directly involved in proper endocrine function and the maintenance of ideal hormone levels as well as lean muscle growth and stamina.
Read more: Zinc Accelerates Muscle Recovery
Outcome: If you want to keep having sex then add a Zinc supplement to your diet. Zinc works with your testosterone to increase your libido and muscle form.
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