Does SEX Affect Your GAINS ?

Short Answer : NO

Here's what you need to know...

  1. Many people believe that sex decreases performance in the gym and in sports. Luckily, that's an oversimplification.
  2. Being "in the mood" when you train could be a performance booster.
  3. Woman may benefit from pre and post-workout orgasm.
  4. Along with good nutrition, sex is one of the best recovery aids.
  5. Intercourse with cuddling afterward has more positive benefits than "going solo."

Does Sex Kill Gainz?

Back in my younger days, I had a few guiding principles – short quotes or sayings that kept me focused in my pursuit of muscle and strength.
They're a bit embarrassing, but when you realize I spent many pre-workout hours switching VHS cassettes between scenes from Conan The Barbarian and Dune, you'll understand.
Here are a few:
"Steel isn't strong. Flesh is stronger." –Thulsa Doom from Conan
"Fear is the mind killer." – Paul Atreides from Dune
"Sex is for lovers, not lifters." – Dumbass Meathead from Local Gym
The first two I can live with. It's that last one that bothers me most. I wish I could go back to my 20-year-old self and hit him across the head with a dumbbell and then beat the hell out of the guy who told me that.

Sex and Performance

There's a long history of training lore that cautioned against sex. It went something like this: "Don't have sex the night before the big game or it'll make you weak."
So you can maybe see where Mr. Meathead got his idea regarding sex and muscle gains. Problem is, not only does it take all the fun out of life, but it's counterintuitive in many ways.
There's a delicate balance between training and recovery. You train to stimulate the body. You breakdown tissue, you release hormones, you stimulate and stress the body to force it to adapt.
The body adapts by releasing anabolic hormones to oppose the catabolic nature of the stress hormones. This is why we eat our post-workout protein, spend time in the sauna, go get a massage, and make sure we get quality sleep.
Well, guess what else quickly pushes the body into a parasympathetic relaxing state, quickly suppresses stress hormones and floods the body with healing hormones like oxytocin? That's right – orgasm.