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Interval Training for Better Sex

I've seen lots of articles about specific exercises for improving sex. From kegels to pelvic lifts to aerobic training to plain old loosing weight to boost libido and get the flab out of the way. I've never seen advice like this before though. As soon as I read it just made so much sense! Written by James S. Fell and adapted by Fancy Pants, this is where all that energy system stuff comes into play. image The Phosphagen System (Anaerobic) This is the really short-burst, high-intensity power stuff like weightlifting and sprinting. It is an all-out effort that lasts only seconds. Glycolysis System (Still Anaerobic) Glycolysis is the breakdown of either glycogen stored in the muscle or glucose delivered in the blood . The breakdown does not happen nearly as quickly as in the phosaphagen system. However, it has a much higher capacity so this type of exertion can last longer. Example: basketball or intense downhill skiing. Oxidative System (Aerobic) This is the lower-intensity, prolonged exertion energy system. Sustained efforts that last longer than 3 minutes. Things like sustained running, cycling and swimming all use the oxidative system. These are your "aerobic" activities. Variety in your strength and aerobic training can make you a better sexual athlete. But chances are you are missing out on a really important component that can transform you from a local hero to international champion. Well, I'm not saying you need to enter some kind of sex Olympics, but I would imagine someone will be grateful if you do this. You'll probably have more fun too. And just FYI, this works for both men and women. Being strong from weightlifting can be useful for sex. You can hold various positions, lift your partner or your own body... you get the idea. Aerobic training (running/cycling/swimming/etc.) is also a good idea because sex can often be a form of endurance activity. Being able to keep on going like an Energizer Bunny for a long time is useful! You can be a regular Don Juan or Donna Juanita by lifting weights and aerobic training. HOWEVER, I want you to think about what happens when you're really going for it. You know what I mean. When things are reaching their peak and you really start to give'r bla bla bla. How long does that "all out effort" last? Anywhere from 30 seconds to three minutes, right? Well, guess which energy system you're relying on for intense effort that lasts from 30 seconds to three minutes? It's the glycolysis system. And neither weightlifting or other short-burst strength activities nor aerobic activities like distance running, cycling or your typical fitness class train this energy system. So what does? High-intensity interval training. I feel bad, because you could have been having sex instead of reading… anyways… gulp When you're using the glycolysis energy system -- meaning when you're in that 30 seconds to three minutes all out going for it mode -- your blood is accumulating lactate, which is a leading cause of fatigue. When you've got a specific goal in mind, fatigue is bad. And high intensity interval training both delays the accumulation of lactate and causes physiological adaptations that lead to faster clearance from the blood stream. Long story short: Exercise training at a high intensity for periods of 30 seconds to three minutes will improve your ability to "work" significantly harder in this time range and help ensure you don't run out of gas before you cross the finish line. wink Friday Workout: Warm Up: Parkour Quadrapedal Basics Workout: The Finish Line Amrap in 3 Minutes: 15 Box Jumps 10 Wall Balls 5 Burpees Rest 2 Minutes. 5 Rounds Total There IS carry over of reps into the next round. Cheers, Fancy Pants