Training for ripped abs is notoriously tough, but there is one surprising side effect of your quest that may make it all the more worthwhile! Introducing the Coregasm – a form of Exercise Induced Orgasm (EIO) which is prompted entirely by physical activity of a non-sexual nature.
Fitness enthusiasts and researchers have been aware of the coregasm for a surprisingly long time. Exercise induced orgasms were first recognised by Alfred Kinsey in his work Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953. More recently, EIO was the subject of a study in The Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy in 2012. One of the researchers of the study, Debby Herbenick became fascinated by the topic, even going on to write a book, The Coregasm Workout, which was published in 2015.
How To Have A Coregasm?
The coregasm occurs whilst doing a particularly intense ab exercise which requires the use of your inner pelvic floor muscles and abdominals. It is said that the coregasm has around 30% of the intensity of an orgasm, so not likely to have you buckling at the knees, but is certainly strong enough to make you blush!
It was reported in the results of the 2014 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behaviour that 10% of women have experienced at least one orgasm during exercise. Although EIOs have most commonly been reported in women in the past, they can actually be experienced by men as well, and some (lucky?) individuals are naturally more coregasmic than others.
Whether you think having a coregasm during your workout would be embarrassing or exciting, you should know during what exercises to expect the big O so that it doesn’t come as a surprise too! The most common forms of exercise reported to induce orgasm are spinning, weight lifting, climbing and abdominal-specific exercises, such as leg lifts and bicycle crunches. They tend to occur when your body is almost at complete exhaustion, for example if you exercise your abs straight after going for a run, as this is when you put the most pressure on your pelvic floor muscles. You may want to practice in your home gym first before jumping into your next group fitness class!