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Old 05-08-2010, 02:29 AM   #1
Adam Ahern
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abstinence and athletic performance

Muhammad Ali reportedly would abstain from sexual intercourse 6 weeks prior to a fight in order to improve performance on the night.

Napolean Hill, in his famous book 'Think and Grow Rich' dedicates a whole chapter to "sexual transmutation". See this link:
http://www.reuniting.info/wisdom/mys..._transmutation (WFS).

I have been celibate for quite a while and anecdotally, I can say that it keeps my energy level at an incredible high. Yes, I eat well and I train hard so the increase in energy comes from those sources too but I'm pretty convinced that abstaining from sexual activity (especially masturbation) keeps my energy incredibly high also.

What are your thoughts on this?

I hope that this topic can be discussed because I think there is some value here. I would like to know if you have any constructive thoughts on this or experiences that are relevant and helpful.

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:18 AM   #2
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

If it works for you do it. Doesn't sound like much fun to me and I enjoy fun in my life.
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Old 05-08-2010, 04:27 AM   #3
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...?dopt=Abstract

http://www.independentcollegian.com/...bacy-1.1327674

http://www.bodybuildingweb.net/blog/...uilding-gains/

So long as no one actually sees the text, they are probably WFS. The third is not a study, however and the last references a study.

One thing to note is that in modern countries, testosterone levels are much lower than they have been in years past. My friend recently took a hormonal test (and he's in his mid 30's) and was noted to be off the chart but he is a diehard beast of a CFer besides a good Zoner. No idea on his personal life nor am I going to ask.
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Old 05-08-2010, 06:58 AM   #4
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

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Muhammad Ali reportedly would abstain from sexual intercourse 6 weeks prior to a fight in order to improve performance on the night.

Napolean Hill, in his famous book 'Think and Grow Rich' dedicates a whole chapter to "sexual transmutation". See this link:
http://www.reuniting.info/wisdom/mys..._transmutation (WFS).

I have been celibate for quite a while and anecdotally, I can say that it keeps my energy level at an incredible high. Yes, I eat well and I train hard so the increase in energy comes from those sources too but I'm pretty convinced that abstaining from sexual activity (especially masturbation) keeps my energy incredibly high also.

What are your thoughts on this?

I hope that this topic can be discussed because I think there is some value here. I would like to know if you have any constructive thoughts on this or experiences that are relevant and helpful.

Cheers,
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

In nature you use it or loose it.

Im in the once a day crowd and comparatively i put on muscle faster then most. So im guessing my testosterone levels are higher then most.



Very interesting studies Blair! I wonder what the results would be on specfically paleo/weight lifting groups......
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:45 AM   #6
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

Err, not interested. I'm sure my wife would not be on board with this either.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:30 AM   #7
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

Basically, if you let it affect you it's going to affect you.

If it helps you get better sleep the night before then it's probably a good thing. If it tires you out because you really go buck wild then it's not good.

Play it by feel... literally and metaphorically.
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:03 AM   #8
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

I...think my energy levels are fine this is not an experiment I would even try (atleast not on purpose)
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

An exception I can think of is, Da Vinci, perhaps the greatest genius of the renaissance, was never married. Some think he may have been a homosexual.

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Old 05-08-2010, 11:44 AM   #10
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Re: abstinence and athletic performance

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An exception I can think of is, Da Vinci, perhaps the greatest genius of the renaissance, was never married. Some think he may have been a homosexual.
Just because he never married does not mean he was abstinent.
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