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The answer can be found in the "No Sex Before Sports" episode of Manswers. Here is a summary of that video: The assistant coach of the LA Avengers tells his players to abstain from sex the night before a game because late night sex can take away hours from sleep. Adequate sleep is necessary for good athletic performance. David Baron, M.D. Physician, says ...


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A theory of abstaining from sexual activity postulates that sexual frustration increases aggression since testosterone would still be in the body instead of expelled due to ejaculation. A "Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine" article by Samanatha McGlone and Ian McShrier, titled Does Sex the Night Before Competition Decrease Performance? and published in ...


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That is one formula that will make a good estimate, but it's important to remember that it is just an estimate and individual milage will vary. The only way to know for sure is to try it. These formulae are generally targeted towards experienced strength athletes; novices are unlikely to be able to lift the predicted 1RM because they haven't trained their ...


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First - I'd recommend just forgetting training for one-arm pushups and probably even nix the diamond pushups. You need to work on the primary movement first, then expand to variations. Next, if you really want to increase the number of consecutive pushups you can do, I'd suggest doing them more frequently - maybe every other day. A few extra sets of pushups ...


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This sounds like classic overtraining. I'd try taking a full week off from all strenuous workouts. Instead of a workout, just warm up and stretch or go for a walk. Take it easy for seven days and see how you feel in the workouts after the break. In athletes, overtraining is closely associated with undereating. This is hard news for someone working on ...


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A couple thoughts: 1) The lifts referred to in the standards are the core performance lifts. Enhancing these will help an athlete perform better. We have these standards so we know what their weaknesses are and what we need to work on. 2) The lifts that you are referring to work the synergists of the standard lifts. For example, you could say a bicep curl ...


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From A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. The purpose of this study is to gain understanding of the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. The serum testosterone concentrations of 28 volunteers were investigated daily during abstinence periods after ejaculation for ...


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It sounds like the problem is muscular endurance. Because you haven't trained for muscular endurance (20 or more reps), your body hasn't adapted itself to do that. There are two approaches to improving your ability to do more reps when you can't hit that 20 rep goal: Increase weight (add a weight on your shoulders, or wear a weight vest), and then do a ...


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The suits provide some compression, and more of a spring loading when you change from the eccentric to the concentric portion of the lift (bench press and squats). As a result, it will help you get out of the hole much quicker and more strongly. This in turn helps you lift heavier weights than you normally would. The unexpected side to lifting with the ...


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Considering the many formulas available for predicting your 1RM (one rep max), the best way to know which is closer for you is to test it at least once. Many intermediate strength programs have a day to test your 1RM built in as part of the program, and you'll be testing it once or twice per program cycle (roughly 12 weeks on average). When you get to the ...


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Sport socks can make a world of difference, especially during longer workouts or if you have sweaty feet. They help reduce the moisture and friction, which becomes more important the longer you run. In diabetics, they sometimes add patches of low friction material to the insoles, because this reduces the shear forces on high risk areas. Good sport socks do ...


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Well you aren't getting in shape by sleeping. Yes sleep is crucial to a good fitness routine but sleep is not making you more fit. Also 5-6 hours isn't terrible if it is just one night. If you have 4 workouts you do a week and you will move this workout to another day I say do that. If you will simply skip the workout, I wouldn't. Since you are more apt ...


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You are talking about a nap for a whole 1 hour. Actually, this is not a true nap. Nap is about 20 minutes long, depends on personal preferences but the rule is that you (better say your brain) should stay in REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleeping phase. From my personal point of view, the best solution for your situation is to have a 20 minutes nap and then 40 ...


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Like most things relating to strength training, it really depends on the person. I would say a good rule of thumb is to never skip a workout, regardless of physical/mental ailment. Often you will have to accommodate your physical/mental condition in your workout by decreasing the volume or intensity, but something relatively trivial as "I'm tired" isn't a ...


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I am a runner and have completed P90X and P90X2. I would strongly suggest P90X2 to meet your personal goals of improving your physical appearance and your running form. While P90X is designed for general fitness, P90X2 is more focused on athletic performance. There are a few key aspects of P90X that make it a better fit for you: Core strengthening - ...



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