If you’re a regular gym goer, you know that motivation is key when it comes to a great workout. And if you feel that motivation lacking, there’s a very interesting solution to your problem.
Apparently, watching action videos or, get this, pornography, can actually affect your leg day performance at the gym. According to a study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, these flicks can give you a mental edge during your workout routine.
For the study, a group of highly-trained male athletes both improved and hurt their squat performance by watching several types of brief video clips. Saliva samples were taken from each athlete on six occasions, before and 15 minutes after watching a short, four minute video.
The contents of the videos shown transcended wide ranges of categories: sad, erotic, aggressive, training-motivation, humorous, and neutral.
Athletes then performed a squat workout, in which they targeted a three-repetition maximum lift. Significant increases in testosterone concentrations were noted when athletes viewed erotic and aggressive videos. Aggressive clips were actually doubly effective at raising men’s cortisol levels.
Well, whatever your preference, make sure you get your dose of motivation; and who knows, it might even lead to your next coregasm.