Does Sex Affect Endurance And Athletic Performance?


Matt: Good morning, family of fast, Matt Mosman,
the Chief Endurance Officer over at EndurElite and welcome to a very romantic edition of
endurance fast facts. I hope you’re all feeling the love today because
we’re gonna be talking about sex, aka mattress mambo, and if sex the night before a big race
or a competition can negatively affect your performance the next day. Now, there’s been a long-standing myth that
sex the night before a race or a competition is gonna decrease your performance the next
day. Guys like Mohammed Ali abstained from sex
for like six weeks before his fights which good on you, man, that’s an iron will. Other guys and runners like Marty Liquori
said, “Sex makes you happy and happy runners don’t run a 347 mile.” Now, I don’t know if I agree with that or
not. And then another case is the Buffalo Bills
head coach had his players abstain from sex the night before big games which he had very
little success at doing. So, today we’re gonna look at studies that
examined if sex the night before a race or a big competition decreased performance the
next day. Now, I want you to watch this video from beginning
to end because I have a very, very special treat for all of you at the end that you’re
not gonna wanna miss. So, let’s look at the actual studies behind
this. The first study was done by Oxford University
and they polled over 2,000 runners after the London Marathon and they asked them, “Did
you or did you not have sex the night before the London Marathon?” And what they found is the people that had
sex before the marathon ran about five minutes faster than those that did not have sex, which
I’m thinking of really good excuses here to run faster like, “Honey, we need to go in
the bedroom real quick because I need to run fast tomorrow.” So, guys good excuse for your wife or significant
other to hop into bed with you. So, the second study also examined runners. And what they did with this one is they had
the runners either have sex or not have sex 12 hours before a treadmill run, in which
they measured things like VO2 max, time to fatigue, things like that. I’m not gonna get into the nitty-gritty of
all these studies. But anyways, they found no differences in
performance between the people who had sex and the ones that did not. So, so far so good that sex does not decrease
performance the next day. Now, the last study examined cross-country
skiers. And what they did here is they had the cross-country
skiers have sex two hours before a graded exercise test on a cycle ergometer. And what they found, in this case, is sex
two hours before actually decreased performance and inhibited recovery a little bit. So, those are just three of the studies that
examine sex before exercise. It seems like if it’s the night before, you
really have nothing to worry about. It’s not gonna negatively impact your performance
come race or competition day. But if you’re doing it in about two hours
before, you know, you may have a slight dip in performance, which you know what, some
things are just worth performing worse for and probably sex being one of them. So, take-home points here is if you feel like
getting lucky the night before a race, it’s really not gonna negatively impact your performance
the next day. Now, if it’s the morning of two hours before,
you wanna may abstain until afterwards where you can just celebrate and then have a good
time with your wife, husband or significant other. Good God, I feel like this is sex ed class
all over again in a high school. I’m trying to keep a really, really straight
face. So, that is all I have for today, my friends. If you still have a body that believes in
the myth that sex before a race or a competition will decrease their performance, please share
this video with them. If you want other videos like this on endurance
training, nutrition, and supplementation, subscribe to be the EndurElite YouTube channel
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Facebook Training & Nutrition Club page. And now for that very special treat that I
promised you. Male 1: Oh, yeah. That’s right, baby. Girl, tonight we’re gonna make love. You know how I know, baby? Because it’s Wednesday and Wednesday night
is the night that we make love. Tuesday night is the night that we go and
visit your mother, but Wednesday night is the night that we make love because everything
is just right. Conditions are perfect. There’s nothing good on TV. Conditions are perfect. You lean in close and say something sexy like,
“I might go to bed. I’ve got work in the morning.” I know what you’re trying to say, baby. You’re trying to say, “Oh, yeah, it’s business
time, it’s business time.” Together: It’s business, it’s business time. Male 1: That’s what you’re trying to say,
you’re trying to say let’s get down to business, it’s business time. Together: It’s business, it’s business time. Male 1: Next thing you know, we’re in the
bathroom, brushing our teeth. That’s not part of it, that’s foreplay. Then you go sort out the recycling, that’s
not part of it but it’s still very important. Then we’re in the bedroom, you’re wearing
that ugly, old, baggy T-shirt from that team building exercise you did for your old work. And it has never looked better on you. Team building exercise not tonight. Oh, you don’t know what you’re doing to me. I removed my jeans but trip over them because
I still got my shoes on but then I turn it into a sexy dance. Next thing you know, I’m down to just my socks. And you know when I’m down to just my socks
what time it is, it’s time for business. It’s business time. Together: It’s business, it’s business time. Male 1: You know when I’m down to just my
socks it’s time for business, that’s why they call it business socks. Together: It’s business, it’s business time. Male 1: Making love. Making love for two, making love for two minutes. When it’s with me, you only need two minutes
because I’m so intense. Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute
in heaven. You say something like, “Is that it?” I know what you’re trying to say, you’re trying
to say, “Oh, yeah, that’s it.” Then you tell me you want some more. Well, I’m not surprised, but I’m quite sleepy. Together: It’s business, it’s business time. Male 1: Business hours are over, baby. Together: It’s business, it’s business time.

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