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Old 09-01-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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*Note: This is a real question and not meant to be a "xxx" topic."

I just want to know - how does sex affect the recovery rate? Does having sex to "completion" harm the body in any way? As in loss of testosterone or harm to knees? I am in hard training lately and I feel like I do not want to mess up my fitness just to get my rocks off.

Any takers?
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:34 PM   #2
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I haven't noticed a loss in testosterone. But then, I am a girl.

(sorry - hard to take serious and I am on a cheat night and having a glass of wine!)

More than that though, I think the "not having sex" so that athletic performance would be enhanced is debunked. Maybe others will chime in but there is a lot of relaxation and also release of hormones that counter the stress hormones that hard workouts release (cortisol). And Dan John includes good relationships as part of his recovery list in the crossfit journal about recovery (a good one to get if you don't have it)
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Old 09-02-2005, 08:37 AM   #3
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Put down the under-aged Goat!
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Old 09-02-2005, 09:37 AM   #4
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Answer is NO, but a ballsy question.

Beth, I'm not even going to ask what cheat night involves.
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Old 09-02-2005, 10:09 AM   #5
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In my head I'm singing a refrain of "Oh Danny Boy".
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Old 09-02-2005, 10:57 AM   #6
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I don't know if there's ever been a study on this. The only thing that it might impact is the massive protein commitment at "completion" as you call it. Honestly I think the emperical results in this arena are probably more due to psycological factors that physical.
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Old 09-02-2005, 11:35 AM   #7
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Two examples:

When I ran cross country we had loads of research we collected on why sex was good for runners, and we presented this information to the girls team at every opportunity. Not only were we probably the most sexually active cross country team in CA Division 4, we also swept league, county, and the division championships.

At the Kettlebell Combat Application seminar, someone asked Steve Maxwell (Brazilian Jiu jitsu World Champion) about sex and competitive fighting, and Steve said that he is kind of a "nervy" fighter, so anything he can do to relax before a fight is always good.
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Old 09-02-2005, 12:45 PM   #8
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Mikki,
Tell Connor he is off the Cross Country team.
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Old 09-02-2005, 01:30 PM   #9
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If I have absorbed CF phlosophy, there's no over-training, just under-resting. If the person you are involved with puts you in a restive, relaxed mood afterwards it seems like it should be great for your program. Think "Active Recovery".

If, on the other hand, the events/work leading up to sex and the mood/situation after is not relaxing, for whatever reason, then the opposite may be true.

If you're worried about the actual work load stealing away from your potential athletic performance, you could go Tabata, but I think it would take a very patient partner to put up with this.

Best of luck,

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Old 09-02-2005, 02:03 PM   #10
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Drop and give me Tabata thrusting! Oh God O.O

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