Muhammad Ali famously said he abstained from sex for six weeks before a big fight, and its relatively common knowledge that most fighters won’t have sex before a fight in order to build up as much anger and frustration which they can then take out on their opponent.
The idea isn’t limited to combat sports either. It has often been believed in sporting circles that abstaining from sex before a big event is highly recommended. Quite when and where this advice originated from is unclear, although many believe it originated with the Victorians who believed a loss of semen caused a temporary loss of health and vitality.
Interestingly, England football team manger Fabdio Capello also adopted this no-sex strategy at the 2010 World Cup. He banned his players’ wives and girlfriends from the England camp, allowing them to see the players just once a week, an act that many applauded. This, however, didn’t exactly have the desired effect, with the team crashing out in an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Germany in the last 16.
Regardless of the notion’s origins or effects, a number of high profile athletes and teams have embraced and strictly adhered to these guidelines.
But apparently it works the other way round for female fighters.
While common dogma suggests that males lose testosterone when they have sex, the hormone actually builds in women when they do the deed. So Ronda does it LOADS before she fights.
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In recent years, the notion that watching porn before workouts and athletic activity may be beneficial for performance has seemed to crop up regularly on popular bodybuilding forums and websites, probably due to some interesting research in the area.
In perhaps the most promising study to date, an investigation by Cook and Crewther examined the effects that different videos induced on participants’ 3 Rep Max squat performance. Participants were shown short clips of motivational, sad, training, humorous as well as erotic videos before performing their 3RM squat lift. The erotic, training and aggressive videos resulted in a significant improvement in the squat performance compared to the neutral control videos.
Maybe Ronda might benefit from a bit of porn prior to her fights. After all, she does have her own porn parody ‘Ronda ArouseMe: Grounded And Pounded’. We’ll let you google that one in your spare time.