The REAL Reason Why No Sex Before a Fight

September 1, 2011 September 1, 2011 by Johnny N Boxing Basics, Boxing Tips 106 Comments

No sex before a fight

“No sex in training!” Does that sound familiar? Is your trainer claiming sex makes you weak? If so, then why are studies showing that sex doesn’t make you tired? I can tell you why it’s not a giant myth…

 

It all started with a question a reader sent me a while back:Hey Johnny,I just finished reading your mailbag and noticed you didn’t believe in sex or masturbation before a fight. I don’t mean to undermine you or anyone else, but I read on Wikipedia a while back that sex before a fight might actually make you perform even better!


“Another popular myth is that having sex in the days leading up to a sporting event or contest is detrimental to performance. Numerous studies have shown that there is no physiological basis to this myth. Additionally, it has been demonstrated that sex during the 24 hours prior to sports activity can elevate the levels of testosterone in males, which potentially could enhance their performance.”

Also, wouldn’t a … satisfied fighter be a more relaxed fighter? If you could give me your thoughts on the matter at some point that’d be great too, clear up some of the confusion.

Thanks,
J
Many people don’t know why sex will hurts your performance, because there’s weak arguments in support of abstinence…

Sex before a fight:

  • weakens your energy, leaves you tired
  • weakens your legs
  • drains your inner energy
  • decreases aggression
  • reduces your testosterone

 

…and then there’s confusing arguments in support of sex…

Sex before a fight:

  • relaxes the athlete
  • releases tension, increases focus
  • release more testosterone (potentially increasing performance)
  • can boost your performance psychologically
  • it’s only a psychological effect if at all, there’s no real performance loss

And then of course, there’s all the confusing reports like these that don’t offer any real conclusion other than to dance around the subject.

 

So who’s right and who’s wrong? 

…they’re all potentially right. How confusing, right? Don’t worry, all the arguments don’t matter at all. There’s something more important.

 

Now I’ll explain to you the REAL reason why elite athletes abstain from sex. The crazy thing is they all know to avoid sex but not many know why. Well here’s your answer…

 

Why You Should Avoid Sex Before a Fight

Having sex decreases your competitive motivation.

We have to look back to the evolution of mankind. Actually, think of life in general. What is the NUMBER ONE FUNCTION of all living organisms? It’s not to create art, sing songs, get rich, or become heavyweight champion of the world.

…are you ready for this?

The #1 function of any living organism is to reproduce!

It may seem crass but that’s really our number one responsibility in life, to have sex. Without the need for sex, and without having sex, our species will fail to exist. That’s probably why our bodies are hardwired to enjoy sex more than anything else.

There are theories of success, that believe having too much sex makes it hard for any guy to be successful at anything (let alone boxing). Males are driven to have sex; that is their #1 motivation to succeed at anything. The theories further explain that that if males had no desire to have sex (attract females), males would not have become amazing musicians, artists, businessman, athletes, etc, etc. Therefore, by having sex, you lose the desire to have sex, and therefore lose your inner desire succeed…because you already “succeeded” (and achieved the male’s #1 goal).

Scientifically and physiologically, the effect of having sex doesn’t matter. Boxing trainers will say it makes you weak or less aggressive. Researchers might say it helps you. Experts on kung-fu or spiritualism, might say that having sex drains your inner energy. The inner chi, spiritual energy, it’s called different things in different arts and different cultures. Again, the arguments go back and forth. Whether sex helps you physically is not the point. The point is: having sex takes away your motivation to succeed, it weakens your competitive spirit. By already having the REAL reward of success, you lose the desire to fight for it.

Having sex before a fight,
takes away your motivation to succeed.

And it is for that specific reason that professional fighters avoid sex months before the fight. Even before I learned about this theory, I have never heard any trainer say that having sex helps performance. All of them, and I do mean 100% all of them, preach “no sex in training!”

From my own experience, it’s much better not to have sex. I can even feel the difference during my training days with sex and without sex. But of course, there will always be guys who insist on doing things their own way. To them, I say experiment on 2 fights… and see which one works out better for you.

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106 Comments

Beta kung Fu! August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

No sex before fight
You are right coach, the first time i had sex on training my legs gave in on sparring and i felt weak, it was my worst sparring ever!

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Benson October 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

The author is correct, it can be explained in terms of evolutionary psychology. It’s always helpful to remember that we evolved form apes and other wild beasts. The fact that once upon a time, we had to win a violent and brutal fight with a competitor, before we to got to mate and have sex. Sex leaves a man in a satiated state, that is why it feels so good, and indeed, the psychological after effects of a good love-making session can linger for days. But not only psychological, there almost seems to be a bit something physical going on as well.
I think boxes who are serious about winning the match, don’t need the distraction of sex, since it quickly consumes the mind, even totally. Abstaining also builds mental discipline, it’s a sign of determination, that nothing, even something as primitive and carnal as sex, will get in the way of that ultimate goal of winning. During periods of time, when I go without sex, I do get more aggressive in a way, it’s hard to describe but it’s there. I’d say I would be more likely to get into a fist-fight, if I had not had sex for quite some time. If I was having good sex every day, I would be much less likely to get into a physical altercation or feel like busting someone’s head in. Men are just more mellow, laid back, easy going, when they are getting plenty of sex. I’d say 95% of men would agree with me on that.

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Max November 21, 2011 at 8:55 am

The thing is, yes you may be more agressive and irritable when you don’t satisfy your fundamental needs… BUT the other thing is that in life when your basic needs are fullfill ( eat well, sleep well etc… ) , you are more focus on other things. By doing so, your animal instincts is put aside so you can have more space for relaxation and reasonning, wich can lead to better control of yourself and increase your performances.

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Eddie G. May 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I def agree with what is being said here, I know that everytime I ever tried training or lifting weights at the gym after sex or after getting off, I just wasn’t the same as I would normally feel, I def felt weaker in my legs and just overall didn’t have the same animal mentality and drive as I would have normally if I didn’t have sex or get off prior to. Its just pretty crazy how our mind and body works, and the theory/reasoning behind it is so interesting. Now if we were talking about something else like taking a test for school then thats different bc I felt I always performed better on tests, reports, and things like that if I had sex or got off prior to these types of activities, bc it would relax me and let me focus in a different, calmer sort of way. Not to say that I was less focused during aggressive activities because of no sex, i just think it really depends on what type of activity your doing that determines if sex will help or not.

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Nicky November 15, 2012 at 9:04 am

I 100% agree with what your saying. Physical activities are performed better no sex prior. But mental activities sex is great before it gives you that boost of confidence and you don’t need to be worrying about how the opposite sex sees you taking a test. My sources are own experience. Thanks for saying that eddie

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max macias July 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

can i have sex a week b4 a fight well how long does it take to get your energy back frm sex?

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Johnny N July 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I’ve read somewhere that it can take a young male up to 8 days whereas older males have to wait longer.

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max macias July 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

an how long does it take for a grown man to recover im only 17

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Johnny N July 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

Yeah, so 8 days for you.

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nickmo August 11, 2013 at 1:52 am

Then why is it that the dominant male has sex with his females all the time and still fights off the other males who seek to become the dominant male? I could argue that sex makes the male feel like he’s been successful and boosts his confidence, helping him to fight better and win more.

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Johnny N August 13, 2013 at 4:45 am

Dammit, this is not about animals taking the head position. It’s about athletes preparing to give their best performance.

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itsmeA December 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

You need to do more research on that theory. It’s also called Alpha Male, who usually die first; then the beta male come in and gang bang their left over. I’m assuming you’re talking about animials. Alpha’s almost always die before their beta counterpart, The good die young. Do you want to die? ahha. Anyways they usually become alpha because they are genetic position to be aggressive and bless with better build than the beta male, not cause they have sex.

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Yems June 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

Wtf does this have to do with the topic… sigh… anywas…

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uso September 1, 2011 at 3:24 am

I agree sex made me weak before a ball game.. no hate no agression.. its true.. for those who say sex helps them compete better….pffft means only one thing and that is their roided up

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Jerome September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm


My wife likes to jump on me when I am back all sweaty from the work out, so sex is after!

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J September 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I’m glad my question inspired this article
It really shows how dedicated and helpful you are. Thanks again for the answer and it just cracks me up and amazes me that I inspired a whole article on here, haha!
All the best

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Johnny N September 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

@J – you’re the man! Thanks for asking the question. We all owe you.

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You dont wanna know September 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm


Hmm… what happens to females if they have sex the night before their fight?

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King Lion September 3, 2011 at 3:56 am

What happens to females if they have sex the night before the fight…..
If you ‘hit’ that azz right, they sit in their seat with a contented and satisfied smile on their face while you get your azz beat in the ring……I’m just sayin’!

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lololol January 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm

lmao

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Rod September 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

i remember reading, a long time ago (per-internet, in fact!) about an american coach (not boxing, if i remember correctly) who was credited with the ‘no-sex’ rule. he said the aim of it was to stop his athletes hanging out at bars at night trying to pull!

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You dont wanna know September 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

@ King Lion
I was more referring to female fighters ;-)

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King Lion September 4, 2011 at 6:57 am

Ohhhh, my bad……:D:D:D:D:D

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bejack83 September 6, 2011 at 5:54 am

yeah!
hi everybody i’m 27 fm italy, i’ll probably start boxing for the first time in my life next month, (this article will make me think twice :D ) . i’m not going to ask you if i’m too old to start, those are silly questions and I dont care.. i’ll let u know, wish me luck!
awesome website Johnny!

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kaikaikiki October 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

@bejack83
Hi, I just started boxing 9 months ago. I’m 37 asian type so i look quite young in appearance, most people give me 28 years old. I never have been a sportive guy, this is the first time i involve so much physically in sport. I was happy to discover myself through boxing that i have a very good core, i just regret that i didn’t start at your age at least. I’m working everyday and i go boxing 4 to 6 times a week. Quite addicted since i wanted to learn boxing for a very long time. I think there is no age to start it’s all about yourself. You will find surprisingly that boxing is a very mental challenging sport, most of people think it’s just violent but it’s super technical if you want to fight elegantly and efficiently. I have my up and down like everybody i often get my ass kicked in sparring recently was getting more confidence since i increased technically but still but at the first few sparring i was shaking when getting in the ring and didn’t dare to hit my opponent too hard. Now i find some excitement in sparring.

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Johnny N October 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

Awesome story and website, kaikaikkiki.

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kaikaikiki October 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

HI Johnny,
Thank you for your words.
I have to congratulate you about your website it’s really a great great website i did a lot of researches on boxing and just found your last week, it’s the best i found so i was very happy. I’m sure i will improve my boxing technique when applying your technical advices. You are a very thoughtful person because you take time to reply to everyone and it’s the first time i see so much dedication for others in a website. I didn’t see any topic about Heavy Bag workout so i have a question…. When i hit heavy bag with my small gloves i can’t generate a lots of power i think i don’t twist my hips enough and maybe the distance between me and the bag is not accurate enough when i hit. When i use a little bigger gloves it seems more powerful. Workout on pad is very fine the snap is very strong and sound is great. I just have some issues on heavy bag as i mentioned only my hooks are powerful enough my straight punches look so weak… Any advices you could give me to improve? Thank you.

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Johnny N October 18, 2011 at 4:57 am

It’s so easy to reply when people are talking about what I love so much. The small gloves feel less powerful because the surface is smaller and doesn’t make a large *SMACK* sound. It also feels more difficult because the gloves are smaller and allow you to feel more resistance because of your fists are penetrating the bag. Ultimately, you feel so much resistance because you are too busy “pushing” the bag instead of punching it with a snapping punch. Straight punches can feel weak if you don’t have the right technique.

For now to make it simple, I will explain it like this: don’t try to hit the bag or invade the bag’s space. Imagine yourself as a bomb exploding DOWN into the ground. Your arm is only there to connect the explosive force to your target (bag, pad, person, etc). Explode down and connect your fist to the bag at the same time. Try that and let me know how it feels.

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Emile July 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

I started at 34. My main inspiration is Bernard Hopkins.

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Johnny N September 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

@bejack83 – grazie!! Good luck! and let us know how you do!

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spyrosk September 11, 2011 at 12:04 am

probably the best “no sex before a fight” reason ever heard & i totally agree with that. Even if all the other reasons are true, current article covers the most important reason of all. Excellent article.

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BILLY September 13, 2011 at 7:39 am

THE KID
I agree that no sex before fight but disagree with your #1 reason to live is to procreate. That is a philosophical question and almost a theological query. If that were the only reason to live there would be alot of a people committing suicide at this time. if you don’t believe in God then maybe that is the only reason to live.
Many great boxers are god-fearing individuals and I doubt the only reason they lived was to procreate. Your right that the statement is crass and generalizing at best.

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Johnny N September 13, 2011 at 8:46 am

@Billy – Whoa….I said that procreation is the #1 function to living organisms, not the #1 reason to live. The second one as you said…is definitely philosophical and generalizing.

It’s like getting a job. Your number one purpose of it is making money and providing for yourself…but you’re not there just PURELY for money. The job has to align with your ethical beliefs, societal values, and individual purpose in life.

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Blade Nomadd October 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Survival is the Human body’s Dominant organism based function.
Our Body’s are Hard wired to Procreate, which is to ensure survival of
The species that is Man. For Example Food And Shelter, will Dominate the
body’s Instincts over sex in a Desolate Life threatening Situation.
If you Study the Human Hormones, males release a hormone at orgasm
That deeply relaxes and many times causes sleep afterwards.
I’ve been Trained in advanced AK and Energy work through Massage
And Training and there is So much more to this world than what you can
See. We are made in God’s Image, but have a Finite mind.
When you Train your Body Spirit And Mind, you Become Powerful.
In Christ, you Become Eternal and your Spirit is Reborn and Grows
And will Lead Body and Mind to Victory.
Iam a Practitioner of Tradional Tae Kwan do and White Dragon
(5 Animal styles, N@S Shaloin) my Favorite is the Drunken
Moneky. Advanced DM practitioners can crush walnuts as the Strikes are ended
By Ripping out Chunks of Flesh. (not a Sport lol)

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lewii87 September 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

when should you stop?
i got my first licenced fight in 3 months when should i stop having sex? i am highly motivated and i never considered it a problem before but its a sound argument that it builds a hunger so im willing to try to ensure it maximises my contribution to my training

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Johnny N September 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

@lewii87 – just as the article says, “No sex in training.”

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Ian September 15, 2011 at 2:22 am

Interesting viewpoint
I’m reading up on a lot of evolutionary theory right now, and this sounds like something that might be categorized as evolutionary adaptation. Kudos to you for thinking outside the box.
However, I think we also need to consider different factors that affect sex drive.
If we don’t, then we always assume someone who hasn’t had any action in a while will always more aggressively seek action than someone who gets it on a regular.
In actuality, the person who hasn’t had action in a long time is likely much more able to go without it for a much longer period. Whereas, the person who gets it every day is more likely to crumble after 48 hrs without action.
My overall point is – I think you make a very solid point. But it should also take into consideration an individual’s sexual activity, as well as their natural drive.
On another note, I can’t believe I just posted this on a boxing website.

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BILLY September 15, 2011 at 4:59 am

the kid
@Johnny N

Point taken but as a living organism the #1 function in my life is not to reproduce although it is definitely in the top 3.

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Johnny N September 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

@Ian – you’re definitely right. Some males are more aggressive and competitive sexually and that does lead to a more energetic and active individual at times. It’s not about being horny but always having energy to channel into whatever activities they do. And then of course there are guys who carry a low sex drive and don’t even think about it or care about it. I think there is a medical term or something for guys with low sex drive. And yes, having a low sex drive (and not having sex) doesn’t make you hungrier than the next.

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dharitriputra September 25, 2011 at 1:38 am

the guy
This is a nice explanation. It makes sense. I must thank you for this idea which is new to me. I know this ‘no sex’ theory, but now I know why. You’ve delved deep into the matter. Really cogent argument. Thanks.

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saber khan November 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

i know its unprovoked, but just my 2 bits on a wonderful topic. having sex takes tension away, it makes a guy too relaxed to focus on many difficult things not just boxing. business deals, surgeries, academic exams all seem to suffer after sex.

but if people got their girl at home with her best lingerie on, waiting for her man to come victorious, i will bet everyones fists will suddenly be packing some extra heat in the ring! im so wishing i could find someone to fight right now

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Johnny N November 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm

You said it, Saber! On days that I wake up after having some fun last night, I do everything slower. I move lazier and lose my purpose for the day. I don’t feel the need to hustle because I’m already satisfied. Definitely too relaxed to care.

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mach November 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Johnny N, you are the man!

This site is pure boxing genius! Looking forward to learn more about the sweet science.

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Johnny N November 26, 2011 at 2:40 am

Thanks, Mach! Boxing awaits you.

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Jack Harnum December 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Great article Johnny,

I have understood and practiced this theory for a very long time and I don’t have a girlfriend. I have kind of taken it to the next level. Meaning that I avoid all sexual stimulation. Meaning, I train my mind to not allow myself to get erections. I believe that arousal will also decrease your chi. It tries to slip out in the form of anger and aggression and getting upset over little things, but I believe that the emotion of anger also releases your precious chi and I’ve somewhat learned to keep that from escaping as well.

I’ve come to a point where all of this chi is helping me at work and with promotions and I keep climbing and climbing and climbing. And I think I get stronger and bigger from more focus at the gym. And I get these thoughts and theories on things. They aren’t in any textbooks. It’s all new information and I feel that I am discovering things that are currently unknown to man.

I want to keep it going and I can. But a girl has sort of come into my life. She’s been there for a while but I keep avoiding her. She’s insanely hot and I want to be with her sooo bad, but everytime I talk to her, see her, hear her speak, or even if she enters my mind, I get a rageing boner. It won’t go down. sometimes it lasts for hours and I can feel my chi slipping away by the minute. It is affecting me at work and I am no longer doing well like I was before.

I’ve been without a girlfriend for so long, I don’t know what’s normal anymore. I can’t even walk when I’m around her. I haven’t tried to kiss her or put my arm around her because it stimulates me too much. I think she’s wondering why and I’m pretty sure she’s lost interest now because of that and she doesn’t really talk to me anymore.

Can you or anyone help me out?
Here are my questions.
1. Do you have a girlfriend?
2. Is it normal to get hard for your girl everytime she’s around?
3.Is there a way to control that?(I’ve tried thinking about baseball and pulling the hairs out of my arms and legs but none of that works)

Do you have any advise for me? I don’t want to lose my chi, but I don’t want to lose the girl either.

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Johnny N December 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Having sex is a natural part of being human. Decide which one is more important, climbing or the girl, and spend your chi there.

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Eratom April 5, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I would recommend combining both: climbing on the girl.
More seriously I think the no sex policy is too much in most cases for most people. But I definitely think it’s better to avoid sex 3-4 days before a fight.
We’ve been looking at how to keep our sexual energy, but what about increasing it? There are ways to increase it, especially through nutrition: so called ‘potency food’.
Also, many chemicals we’re exposed to have estrogen-like structures, which basically act as anti-testosterone. I’ve experienced a significant increase in libido and energy (understand aggressiveness) by stopping to use plastic bottles (especially the used ones). You get can plastic-free bottles.
That stuff gets even deeper than that. There’s room for an article on the topic.

Enjoy

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A December 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Jack this is a boxing site man! Johnny and others are here to make you better boxer.

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Evan G January 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

Man…I’ve been searching for the answer to this question for like 2 years now. Thank you for providing the most logical reason for abstinence during times of training.

Now the question: will the mental edge from abstinence increase your performance in other aspects of your life such as your career or weight training due to having an increased desire to succeed to reproduce?

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Johnny N January 18, 2012 at 10:09 am

Yes, Evan…it should help in all areas where you wish to succeed.

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Evan G January 18, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Thanks for providing a timely response. I think I’ll experiment with this. Maybe not as much as Jack has haha but definitely 2-3 week periods at a time while I’m single anyways.

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Guilherme Nanini January 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

Man, I’m really starting in boxing, but I already practice kendo (Japanese fencing) for 5 years. I can really tell the difference in my performance after having sex the day before training…

I believe in the Chinese, because of self experience…

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Eric February 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

I think this is all in the mind. If you think sex will weaken your legs, make you less agressive etc., than it will. I think a lot of trainers want fighters to abstain from sex because of it can keep a fighter less focused on training and disrupt times when he should be resting. If a guy is out all night trying to score and has to get up early for pre-dawn roadwork, more than likely he’ll either skip the run altogether or just give it a half hearted attempt. If a fighter is married or in a relationship I don’t see why regular sex would hurt at all as long as you don’t try to perform marathon sessions each and everyday.

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hello February 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

pretty sure mike tyson had sex before fights with many girls

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Steve March 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Good stuff Johnny!! I’ll back that up!!

Tyson started to have sex only when he stopped driving for success. Check it out in his movie, during his climb to be the champ he didn’t have sex for over 5 years! Take it from the man, that’s dedication, and true desire to win!

The longest I abstained before a fight was 3 months. During this time I was able to focus my energy all on training which really increased my savageness and ferocity! Training became focused and intense, and after a while it’s all I thought about. Conquering wasn’t about felling good in bed, it was about pushing myself past physical limits to crush my opponent. By fight night it was well worth it. When I got in the ring I was electric and exploded into a 41sec TKO.

After that fight I got married and started having regular sex. This combination of not having to “hunt for a women” or “hunt for sex”, really fizzled out my burning desire to conquer and to win. Because of this, my coach has avoided women almost his entire life, and even at the age of 50, he is still one of the most ferocious fighters I’ve ever had the pleasure of training with.

If your serious about your game, and you want to be the best, abstaining from sex shouldn’t even be hard for you, you need to want victory more than you want sex, more than you want to breathe! It may be hard at first, but once you develop a consuming fire and relentless determination for victory, then everything else takes a back seat, even sex!

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Roxanne April 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

i would also like to know if this applies and in what ways to female fighters, i have a fight in 2 weeks- should i be abstaining from sex?

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Johnny N April 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

I feel it does apply to women.

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Eric May 9, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I think the whole sex thing has more to do with fighters GOING OUT and CHASING women and not getting the rest they need for a hard day of training. Someone married or someone with a regular sex partner won’t be out bar hopping, drinking alcohol, doing drugs, keeping late hours and all other things that come with the territory of being a wild swinging sex crazed Kool Kat looking for a Kitty. Of course even if you have a steady mate you can’t be looking to spend half the night each night having sex when you should be trying to get some much needed rest.

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O June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Truth be told, the evolutionary psychology argument fails. I’ll explain via example:

Lets assume a lion takes command of a pack of lionesses by the virtue of his physical ability. As such, he will be having quite a lot of sex with said lionesses in order to pass on his genes. However, should your theory of evolutionary psychology be true, he will very quickly lose control of the pack to another competitor lion, as his performance will decrease due to lack of motivation. This will lead to an endless cycle of interchangeable males, such that they will never control a pack long enough to produce male offspring (since rival lions will kill his progeny). Since we do not see such scenarios happening in nature, one has to assume that the detrimental psychological effect of sex on performance is either over-stated or rather not applicable at all.

Interesting argument though.

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Johnny N June 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This is a fun discussion….and I can’t believe I actually know enough to discuss this.

Ok, comparing humans to animals. Humans are one of the few animals that will have sex purely for pleasure. For that reason some scientists argue that humans have sex too much because we do it out of its natural purpose. And once you have TOO MUCH sex, then it can weaken you.

About the lion thing. A single pack of lions consists of females AND MALES that help protect the pride from outside males. C’mon now…no single male is going to be able to defend all his females with himself as the only male.

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Coll June 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hi Johnny,
1. What’s your opinion about wet dream. I just wondering, do having wet dream has same effect with having real sex?
Will having wet dream weaken you too?? Because men do ejaculate either while having real sex or wet dream.
2. Will daydreaming about sex weaken you too?? I once daydream about sex, and after I finish that daydream my body feel weak and relax, and my motivation seems gone, the effect is almost as same as having real sex.
Wait for your answer Johnny.. : )

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Johnny N June 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I think you answered your own question, Coll ;)

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Coll June 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Okay, now I see, when in training you’re not allowed to do anything related to sex. But that’s only in training/when you have target or something to achieve.
Thanks coach :)

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courtney August 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

so what about female fighters? is this a mens site or are there female boxers too?

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Johnny N August 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

Hi Courney, this site is for all boxers! I would imagine this rule might apply to females too.

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Ben January 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

In traditional Chinese medicine texts, tantric texts, indigenous teachings, etc.. in general women do not lose energy from sex, its the opposite, they receive it because they do not lose vital fluids. Men on the other hand, lose an incredible amount of creative life force on physical and spiritual levels. Unless they train themselves on how to retain it. Both men and women can train in tantric practices in order to increase the sexual energy exchanged between them for health and spiritual purposes.

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Julio September 5, 2012 at 9:42 am

Hi Johnny. I have a theory about it. I think that have sex before fighting and training is more related to be tired and not concentrated than our sex needs. I realized when follow in love that I started to think about boxe much less during the day and become less aggressive. I think that there is no problem to have sex unless you get rest enough and concentrate on the training and on the fighting. May be the myth about weak legs is more related to fear because of less concentration and psycological skill than weakness.

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Joey October 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I remember reading an article that said Roy Jones sr. forbid his son from masturbation in order to keep his testosterone levels up. because the more testosterone you have, the more aggresive you are.

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Jayecee October 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Ha! Where do you all come up with this stuff?? Come on.

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genius October 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

the author is correct but the real way to make it work for you is havingd a high labido (ejaculating as many times in a day as you can and then cutting yourself off a weak before anything you need lots of testosterone for, you will have alot of drive and energy

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wallie November 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

think about it it. Semen is the chemical that creates a human being. The more you abstain from releasing it the more aggressive men are based on my own personal experience.

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Ben January 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

I can’t believe so many people are uninformed on this topic, especially athletes. Sex does DEFINITELY have a negative effect on athletic performance. This has been documented for THOUSANDS of years in the eastern medicine systems (Chinese/Indian). Ejaculation causes a loss of “jing” or “ojas”, best described as your vital life essence that you are born with. In order to avoid losing this precious life force, many techniques have been developed over the ages. Chi-gung, meditation and of course Micro Cosmic Orbit exercises. Read some of the books by Mantak Chia or just google it. The info is out there, it’s not just a myth. This effect has been known and reported for millennia. It’s just that western medicine knows nothing about it and it’s too arrogant to acknowledge the wisdom of other medicine systems. I know that for me, sex before athletic performance is draining PHYSIOLOGICALLY. I feel my legs become weaker and my lower back hurts. The lower back is where the kidneys are located and the kidneys in Chinese medicine are the storage house of your jing. Anyway, my 2 cents for what it’s worth.

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Steven April 27, 2013 at 3:07 am

BROSCIENCE ALERT- WHAT FOLLOWS IS PURE PERSONAL SPECULATION

for me the most important think to consider is the amount of chemical reaction orgasming with and without a partner produces, and I feel we still have no way to predict 100% how we are going to feel in the following 24 hours!

Sometimes, I feel exactly the same, but many times I feel literally like a shell of my previous self! To me the outcome is not certain, but I’m sure there is an high risk of being weakened for a considerable period of time afterwards, to me abstaining makes perfect sense for this reason

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jaime May 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

(first sorry my poor english)

WTH? why everyone is so stupid? why almost noone consider the EJACULATION and the lose of SEMEN????? it is unbelievable

it is pure LOGIC: sex affects the strenght, no matter what some scientist say ;)

and its principally because of the EJACULATION, the psychological and the calories spend in the movements while doing sex are not important, maybe they will affect but almost nothing

every time you ejaculate you lose all of this NUTRIENTS and MINERALS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semen#Composition_of_human_semen

every time you ejaculate your body has to create more semen, so it has to use all of that nutrients for recreate it, and the semen has glucose, fructose, magnesium, potassium, proteins, sodium, zinc, etc (copied from the wiki page).

so it is pure LOGIC, you don’t need any scientist to research if sex before a fight is bad or not, it is pure logic and reason.

so in short: SEX (with ejaculation) WEAKEN THE BODY A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE OF THE LOSS OF SEMEN

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Johnny N June 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Makes a lot of sense!

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jaime May 26, 2013 at 9:43 am

(sorry again my bad english)

it is not about psychological factors, calories spend while doing sex because of the movements, or even chi

all bullshit

logic and reason dictate:

1º semen has a lot of nutrients http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semen#Composition_of_human_semen

2º and it is your body that creates the semen

3º your body use those nutrients only to create the semen

4º so all of those nutrients are use only for semen and not for the other functions of the body (they are essential nutrients (soddium, potassium, zinc, glucose, proteins, etc)

5º if you lose nutrients you weaken (more or less depending in the amount of lost nutrients)

6º you weaken if you lose nutrients because your body need those nutrients to make the necessary functions

extra: 7º your body need to do the necessary functions thats why you eat
extra 8º if you dont eat you dont have the necessary nutrients to make the necessary functions so then you die

(lol)

and fuck all that stupid arguments about the psychological facts and others

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nickmo August 11, 2013 at 1:56 am

Logic dictates… just take some extra vitamins.

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souloruffian May 27, 2013 at 8:39 am

i agree and thanks for letting us in on the secret

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Fighter July 2, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I have a competition soon, no fap for me!

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no brainer August 16, 2013 at 11:41 am

Why dont you just edge a few time like 10 times edge get real close to orgasm and then put your penis away and go watch tv or read a book or something. That way you can get the best of both worlds almost.

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Luke Bradfield September 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

err, does masturbation count as well?

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Yes, masturbation counts in this theory.

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Mystica September 21, 2013 at 1:14 am

I feel alot better having read this article. My husband had said something to me saying that it was bad to have sex before a boxing match and honestly as a woman I thought that he just wasn’t attracted to me anymore but I’m glad I went online to find the real reason before jumping to conclusions. This was a great article and shed alot of light on the subject. Now I can better understand and help my husband while he’s in training and keep him focused only on his training and if that means playing hard to get then that’s what I’ll do. Now someone did ask a question which made me start thinking because I plan on going back into training for MMA after I deliver my son, what happens to a female athlete if she has sex during training or before a fight? Would she have the same downfalls as a man? Anyway just wanted to thank you for a great article man.

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I’m glad you went on here. It’s a commonly debated subject between fighters. But now you know he’s still very much attracted to you. I’m not sure if it’s the same case for women but I don’t see why not.

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Sunshine November 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I totally agree. My boyfriend and I had a Hugh fight because we were not having sex. I figured he either was not into me anymore or he was with someone else. I think that it would only be fair for boxers to make their spouses understand and read a few articles about this subject. Please, please inform the women you date. Because I almost lost a great man because I thought he was cheating.

Thank you Johnny for this blog, it totally helped save a relationship.

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Johnny N November 26, 2013 at 8:49 am

I’m glad you guys worked it out! And yes, boxers should definitely explain this to their girlfriends/wives better.

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Mystica September 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

My husbands first fight is tomorrow night. Wish him luck!!!

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Johnny N September 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I hope he did well! Share the fight video on the Facebook.

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Math September 28, 2013 at 11:12 am

Awesome forum/articles. I completely agree!! I play numerous sports and if I have sex before an event, my performance is horrible. Thanks again!!

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Bob October 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

It’s not talked about much, but top athletes often engage in passive anal intercourse in the days before a match because it has exactly the opposite effect of heterosexual intercourse. In absorbing another man’s semen, the athlete takes on mood-altering hormones including testosterone that directly increase his strength and which are scientifically proven to improve mood. Also, by stimulating the prostate without the relief of ejaculation, the benefits of abstinence are actually enhanced. And finally, the psychological dominance involved in the act inspires the athlete towards feelings of domination himself, revenge for the symbolic humiliation he has endured (enjoyed?) at the hands of his partner.

You don’t have to be gay for this, either, it works just as well for straight men.

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Mister T November 2, 2013 at 8:20 am

I’m sorry, your saying i should let another man ejaculate into my anus to improve my performance at boxing? You are smoking some STRONG shit sunshine.

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me February 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

obvious troll is obvious

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Mister T November 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

It’s a bit sad when the same guy comments about 5 times talking shit that nobody pays attention to but whatever floats your boat i guess

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Miss T November 5, 2013 at 6:37 am

Its a bit sad when my husband.. Mister T is on at 5am commenting on very serious and crucial comments!

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trevybear88 November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am

BOB, Are you seriously suggesting that it’s normal for straight men to let another man have sex with him to increase athletic performance?? What a load of nonsense! I’ve nothing against gay men and it doesn’t concern me who does what in their bedroom or with whom. However if you need to let another man have sex with you to be better at sport then I seriously suggest you take up a different sport. Either that or just admit that your bi-sexual!!

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jstsomeguy November 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

sex is bad for performance, trust me. but bringing a sexy woman to the gym can actually boost performance, being that having a sexy spotter can actually raise testosterone (not to mention you wont dare to quit or drop weight). Along with becoming aroused and not finishing before training which can have similar effects, it warms the body gets the blood flowing while not losing the nutrients required to create and release additional semen. When she spots Natural instinct will kick in and your subconscious will tell you if you push enough weight you get sex after

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Simon November 19, 2013 at 8:01 am

Johny you’re right :)) you said Having sex decreases your competitive motivation. Thats true…
I noticed that when i make sex I feel like I’ve already won something I am satisfied to the extent that I could do nothing more:)) just sitting and observing life :)) with peace and full of love :))
When you keep long abstinence grows in you strange force, you’re more determined, focus, you are more aggressive, you feel that something is missing and you have something to gain.
It grows in you inner strength, determination and when you are able to redirect it towards training and competition you are on the right track. I believe that we have one type of energy -life energy and you can decide where to focus that energy ,where to use that energy what to achieve.

I did a test – I make sex one day before training (it was muai thai training). I thought I would die in training:) I could not finish the round with shields (It was a tough workout).
Another time I was abstinence for a long time, I felt more strength that comes from the belly, I felt like I was further fed by force flowing from the stomach. This was an interesting experience, it’s like I had power in my stomach :))

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me February 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

abstaining = NO masturbation either

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victor February 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

whether before or after, for me the individual must decide for himself bcos the whole issue or part of the issue is about one’s psyche. Individuals may psyche, motivate, hype etc. themselves up with or without sex.

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Swagdoctorslim February 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

This is 100% correct. I wish I had completely abstained from porn and masturbation back when I was an athlete. Since quitting I’ve had so much more drive to succeed and conquer. I used to think I was a naturally lazy person, but that was just a consequence of overindulging. My only problem now is that I’m scared to have sex again because I’m scared of losing this newfound energy and strength.

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Dan March 2, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Great article

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Bjm April 4, 2014 at 1:02 am

Having a wet dream
3 days before fight
Sparring that same day
Felt weak , my confidence level was low ..
How do I get it all back …

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Michael July 17, 2014 at 3:28 am

I was beginning to think this was a myth. Because my mom absolutely hates the thought of me being a fighter and she told me this fact but I didn’t believe her. So now I know the truth and honestly it still isn’t stopping me I’m still gonna be the greatest fighter I can be. Bright side is sex will be more special since I leave it for only special accessions

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smg August 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Some of you guys were asking if it’s the same for women athletes and the answer is yes. I notice a huge difference if I abstinence for a day or two prior. It all depends on what female cycle I’m in. So, ladies keep track of your body in all ways and learn from it. Also, the waiting makes the after party all the more worth it. :)

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