Porn As A Pre-Workout?

The science says yes

Amando Abreu

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Introduction

For athletes and gym-goers, performance-enhancing methods are always a hot topic. While there are many accepted methods of boosting performance, a rather unconventional technique has been making waves: watching porn before hitting the gym. Is it a myth, or could it truly enhance gains?

A Surprising Connection

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The idea that sexual energy, when bottled up, aids exercise is an age-old belief. Yet, a study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior contradicts this conventional wisdom. It suggests that men might have been approaching this all wrong.

The Study

Researchers discovered that watching porn videos before a workout leads to a spike in testosterone levels. This hormonal boost may translate to improved results at the gym. The study found heightened testosterone levels in the saliva of subjects after watching porn for just 4 minutes and noted significant improvement in the 3RM (three-repetition maximum) performance of weightlifters attempting heavy squats.

Understanding the Biology

The relationship between increased testosterone and improved performance isn’t exactly groundbreaking. More testosterone leads to increased aggression, endurance, and strength. This simple biology aligns with the observed effects in the study.

However, the implications might be more complex. The study suggests that sexual activity before exercise, previously considered detrimental by many sports professionals, might enhance athletic performance.

The Role of Sex

Professor Emmanuele Jannini from the University of L’Aquila in Italy further elaborates on this connection. According to him, sex stimulates the production of testosterone. He argues that the prevailing thought that sex diminishes performance is flawed. In his words, after three months without sex, some athletes’ testosterone drops dramatically to levels close to children’s levels, which isn’t useful for performance.

Beyond the Screen

The potential positive effects may extend beyond just watching porn. Engaging in sexual…

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