Does ejaculation affect gym performance?

Believe it or not, I’d say that this is one of the top 10 questions that I get asked on a weekly basis. Does ejaculation affect gym performance? Can I masturbate or have sex prior to working out?

I have no idea where this came from, but I’m pretty sure it’s sparked from the “no sex before a fight” thing, made popular by Muhammed Ali back then, where he often abstained from sex for up to two months before a big fight. If you haven’t heard of that before, people tend to avoid sex, or masturbation before any physical activity because they believe the aftermath of ejaculation is: weakened energy levels, a decrease in aggression, but most of all they believe your performance will be impacted due to loss of testosterone. Now is this true?

I’m just going to give you the quick and simple answer, and that’s: no.


No sex before workouts?

Masturbating or having sex before a workout or any sort of physical activity will not affect your performance. Though it’s true that your testosterone levels will drop after ejaculation, in reality it’s not enough to severely impact your performance. On the positive note, due to the slight drop in testosterone levels, a testosterone spike is then later produced and balances testosterone levels out again. There was this experiment that tested fighters abilities before and after they had sex to see if the fighters actually lost strength and the results proved that having sex before a fight was actually beneficial to the fighter. I’ll post the video below.

Many people tend to over analyze things and focus on little details, but the truth is that having slight decreases and increases in hormones is not really noticeable and is nothing that you should worry about. With testosterone, you’d have to experience huge increases or decreases to even begin to feel the impact, and in most cases, it’s not even instantaneously. This is often why I don’t recommend testosterone boosting supplements to younger guys at all.

So if you’re a dude that’s “saving” your testosterone for the big lifting competition, or a workout session with your buddy, you don’t need to do that. You need to have balance with your gym life and personal life. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re putting off sex with your significant other because you have a gym session within the next few hours and you need to be at maximal strength. Though you  may feel like taking a nap after a “workout” session with your partner, that can all be fixed by taking some pre workout, heading to the gym, and crushing the workout.



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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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