Could You Sexercise Your Way to Olympic Gold?

We asked experts how frequently and intensely you would have to have sex to train for the Olympics.

Photo credits: Kylie Minogue; Will Davidson; Jamie Feliu-Torres; Denny Cooper

Photo credits: Kylie Minogue; Will Davidson; Jamie Feliu-Torres; Denny Cooper

With her husband / coach screaming and gesturing intensely on the sidelines, Katinka Hosszu claimed Olympic gold for Hungary in the women's 400-meter individual medley this weekend. Before Saturday, she had never medaled in the Olympics, though she had competed before. Her win this time might have had something to do with her newfound training strategy, a profile in the New York Times suggests. Her spouse helped her refine her technique, up her weight training, and eliminate fast food and added sugar from her diet.

But there are many different ways to train and tweak your way to peak fitness. Ideally, there would also be some shortcuts. One longstanding myth is that sex is as good as moderate exercise. So could vigorously sexercising get you just as ready to compete?

There are surprisingly many health benefits to sex, including lower blood pressure and improved heart health, and experts suggest that sex could also keep you in shape. "Depending on the couple, they could absolutely work sex in as a part of their exercise regimen," Dr. Joseph Pinzone tells Broadly. "In a couple who has robust sex often, it would probably do some good for them in the long run, measurably." Pinzone adds that varying sexual techniques—which can target different muscle groups—could also get you toned. "Some of those positions are going to work your core, depending on who is on top and who is on the bottom. Some are are going to be able to work your upper body and your lower body. You're going to have a variety of muscles work in any sexual encounter, but its efficacy obviously depends on the frequency."

So exactly how much sex would you need have in order to get ripped?

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