Maintaining muscle mass while having sex
In my early training years (Late teens) i was still quite a free spirit. You know…no wife, no kids, student life style (still no wife and kid yet) no responsibilities, so i was quite able to put loads of hours into working out at the gym. A year or so after this time i got into quite a serious relationship and like most couples, we had sex.
For most men building muscle, they are always thinking of ways to maintain that muscle. Usually by purposely doing less cardio work. But when a man is in a sexually healthy relationship, the thought of having less sex to maintain ‘bulk’ is near impossible to carry out.
For quite a few years i had always thought and believed that having lots of sex would hinder my muscle building techniques, as i definitely felt a decrease in muscle mass when ever i had an active sexual relationship. But there was a reason for this and my initial thought processes behind the cause were actually wrong.
That thing called testosterone
Now testosterone is one of the biggest muscle-building hormones out there. It is partially what’s responsible for allowing muscles to gain so much more weight than females.
Testosterone is also one of the main sex hormones as well, thus, when you are physically turned on, your testosterone levels will be higher.
Therefore, having an active sex life can actually enhance the testosterone release in the body and work with your workouts to help you gain more muscle mass.
One thing to note though is immediately after sex, testosterone release does tend to drop, therefore having sex right before a workout isn’t the best idea.
I work out for me…only me
People do generally stereotype guys who go to the gym as ‘you do it just to impress the ladies’. For many that generalisation is probably correct, but who can blame them. Positive attention from increased sex appeal will boost confidence levels and this is definitely going to create a positive impact on your ability to build muscle.
I’m so stressed…i need to chill
Finally, the last thing to think about is how sex will affect your stress levels. For most people, sex is a very good release of pent up stress, therefore engaging in it often is a great way to get a control over this.
Also, if you don’t already know it, stress has a very, VERY negative effect on your ability to build muscle because it releases a high amount of a hormone called cortisol into the body, which is catabolic in nature.
Catabolic hormones will work to break down muscle tissue rather than building it up, so trying to do whatever you can to minimize them is essential to your bodybuilding progress.
So, as you can see, regular sex is good for building muscle. The one thing to keep in mind is that you should try and have a couple hours between your bed session and your gym session, just so you can regain your energy back and normalize your testosterone levels.
Some guys are energized by sex and if this is you, that may not be an issue. But for most other people, a short break in between is a smart idea.