If you’re reading this it’s because you’re positive that I’m full of sh*t. The myth that sex inhibits physical performance has been perpetuated for generations despite mounting evidence that if anything sex has the ability to improve muscle growth and physical performance.
This way of thinking can be cited as far back as the Greek and Roman age of athletes who would resist temptation even before large battles to perform better. This concept ought to have died with that generation of heroes. Instead it was immortalized by modern athletes and coaches.
Muhammad Ali is the most commonly mentioned inspiration for abstinence before a big fight, and is often the reason why boxers refuse to engage in any sexual interactions even up to 6 weeks before each fight. This is done to fuel aggression and boost frustration, it’s meant to give fighters an edge.
Improper research during the 1950’s-70’s is the culprit behind the argument’s made by coaches and athletes to abstain. Studies from that era explained how sex was likely to cause lower testosterone, decreased aggression, over-exertion, and even more compliance from athletes. It wasn’t until the late 70’s that more studies began to refute this way of thinking and show how sex can have a positive effect.