Coregasms are real. Science describes it as exercise-induced orgasms.
But, how? You must be wondering to yourself. Isn’t exercise more punishment than pleasure? Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D., a sex therapist and author of The Anatomy of Pleasure, tells Men’s Health: “A lot of women require a buildup of tension in their legs before they can achieve the release of orgasm. So when a woman exercises, “the release of endorphins and dopamine, which are necessary for orgasm, combined with the tension in the lower extremities, can cause the clitoral stimulation that is needed.”
What happens is when you work out your core – the abs and lower back – you also tend to stimulate the pelvic muscles. While doing certain exercises, the pelvic floor (muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the bladder, bowel, and uterus) gets squeezed, which leads to clitoral stimulation. And this – you guessed it – leads to a mini-orgasm.
What does it feel like?
Some women say it is like waves of pleasure, some say it is a tingling sensation. There are waves of pleasurable contractions in the abdomen and inner thighs. Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Female found that 5% of the subjects (women) he studied claimed to experience orgasm during exercise. Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public Health says they are similar to orgasms achieved through vaginal intercourse, but only less intense and duller.
Enough of the science. How do I get one?
Although a number of women report getting orgasms though yoga, pilates, biking/spinning, and lifting weights, you are quite likely to get it from doing heavy core work. Women who already have strong abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are also more likely to get one, since one needs to exhaust those muscles to reach a coregasm. Here’s another reason to do your Kegels, ladies.
Does it need any psychological stimulation?
You need to do really intense ab work to reach that point. So, it’s highly unlikely that you will be able to mentally undress Hrithik Roshan while trying to squeeze out the last few reps of a punishing workout. Many women do not report ‘sexy thoughts’ because they are too busy concentrating on exercise— which you should if you really want to reap the benefits.
Bayside Presents: Your Coregasm Workout
Reverse Plank (3 sets, hold for 30 seconds)
Bicycle Crunches (3 sets of 25)
Reverse Crunches (3 sets of 25)
Captain’s Chair/Hanging Leg Raises (3 sets of 12)
The Captain’s Chair is where the magic really happens, for most people (including yours truly). It is an exercise machine where the legs are left hanging loose with support for the torso. This oddly-named contraption is one of the best machines for your lower abs, and will make you pine for your next workout (I may be a exaggerating a little, but I suggest you try it out).
A coregasm shouldn’t be the aim of your workout, although it’s a pleasurable way to ‘finish’. You may not have a coregasm all the time. But tight abs aren’t really a bad side-effect, are they?
The author is a female fitness enthusiast with reasonably good abs.