Masturbating Before Working Out: Good or Bad for Gains?

Does Masturbation Affect Gains

 

Let us tackle the age old question “does masturbating affect my gains?”

If you were to google search that, you will find a bunch of forum posts, articles, and yes, even studies about how sex or masturbation affects your ability to make those precious gains.

Before we get into some facts and what seems to be an overall consensus, check out by the Barbell Brigade about this topic:

Will Masturbation Affect Your Gains?

The short answer is yes, and no.

Since that really doesn’t help anyone, let me give you a hand in finding this answer.

While I scoured the internet for the holy grail of an answer, I realized that there have been a few studies done on this topic and most of the results were as I had expected.

Does Masturbation Affect Gains?

Most broscience experts will give you some convoluted answer like “you can snap one off every 7 days, otherwise it will throw off the cycle of optimum testosterone in your body.” These people are basically saying you are quite literally releasing your testosterone and your body will need to recuperate before you can even think about lifting weights again.

Studies show that masturbation and sex does not actually affect your ability to make gains because you aren’t “draining your testosterone” but it could be mostly a psychological affect.

So what does this mean?

When you have an orgasm, two hormones, oxytocin, and prolactin release into your body. Oxytocin is known as the “cuddle hormone” and prolactin is responsible for the feel good, want to sleep part of the orgasm.

Does Masturbation Affect Gains?

You have a spike in both hormones when you finish and this is when the body goes into a mellow, relaxed, and sometimes sleepy state. I save this in particular for a later point in this article.

Check out how this affects your testosterone and training on the next page…