"Performance"

Hearing everyone talk about Valentines plans got me thinking about a great post idea. How does exercise effect your performance! Not that performance, the other kind...

There is an age old myth that having intercourse the night before a big game will negatively effect your ability to perform well in that respective activity. This actually can't be further from the truth! The myth originates from the theory that sexual activity affects the amount of testosterone you have floating around in your system. This is also false, in fact there is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the opposite.

Two major publications have or should have drove the final nail in the coffin of this myth, Researchers in Minnesota tested men’s exercise performance, comparing results from when they had sex twelve hours before exercising to their performance when they had abstained from sex. There was no difference in physiological factors.

In a Swiss study, men cycled to their maximum capacity on a stationary bike and completed mental arithmetic tests two hours and ten hours after sexual intercourse. The same tests were also completed without having had sex and the results indicated that there was “no detrimental effect on maximal work achieved or any interference with the individual’s mental concentration”.

So why write about this topic? Simple, testosterone happens to be the primary hormone for muscle growth and maintenance in both men and woman. It is the single most important hormone for improved athleteic performance and increasing your levels should be a secondary goal of everyone out there. Testosterone also plays a key role in activity level, focus and aggression. Working out at high intensity actually improves the levels of testosterone one possesses. This leads to lower body fat, improved stamina (both kinds) and better skin tone. Simply put, one of the reasons exercise is highly beneficial for your long term health due to the increase in testosterone production.
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A. Back Squat 5-5-3-3

B. AMRAP 12 min

10 Kettlebell Snatches (5 ea arm @ 2p/1p)
10 Ring Dips
10 Incline Push Ups


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