Well, we’ve come to the end of women’s fitness week at RFS, and I thought we should conclude with something that is completely specific to women.
As we’ve seen this week with my previous post, men and women can—and should—exercise in a similar fashion.
There are a few exceptions, of course, including but not limited to the differences in exercise selection. This is particularly true in the case of muscles like the triceps, as I touched on in my post on sexy female arms.
However, even aside from all of those minor things, there is one area of exercise, one specific fitness related phenomenon that is entirely unique to the ladies: COREGASMS.
Yes, that’s correct.
Now, just so you know I’m not completely making shit up, I should let you know up front that this is a very real thing, and encourage you to Google it.
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Now, on to the good stuff.
There is an obvious relationship between fitness and sex, to my mind—because I believe that most people get fit in the pursuit of it (see below graphic), which of course means that on some level people equate getting fit with getting off.
For years, there have been reports about such occurrences; essentially, it’s when a woman achieves an orgasm during exercise. More recently, it’s been posited that this is specific to core or abdominal exercises, and so it’s taken on the current moniker, which is of course a mildly clever portmanteau of the words “core” and “orgasm.”
All of this has been in ether for a while, but has lately coalesced and come to the forefront of discussion (getting a considerable amount of press, as you might imagine) because of evidence—actual, scientific evidence!—of this phenomenon: A study conducted at Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion set out to prove not only the existence of an of exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) and the related exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP) but also to find out how it happens.
As an aside, various types of physical exercise were found to be associated with EIO and EISP, including: abdominal (51.4%), weight lifting (26.5%), yoga (20%), bicycling (15.8%), running (13.2%) and walking/hiking (9.6%).
I’ve decided to stick primarily with abdominal training, as this not only comprises the majority of incidence, but also my area of expertise.
Of course, the fact that there was a study conducted at all is fantastic news for fitness professionals, because now that we’ve got science on our side, we’re free to discuss this without looking like perverts.
Which leads to this blog, and the workout.
You see, a few months back, I was contacted by Women’s Health magazine to write an article about coregasms, including a workout to achieve one.
Now, I should tell you—as I told WH—that to my knowledge, I’ve never had this happen with an in-person client (and I’d like to think I’d notice, thankyouverymuch), but a number of other trainers, such as Bret Contreras, have reported such experiences to me over the last decade.
Despite my lack of direct experience, I still seemed the logical choice for the piece..
Unfortunately, rather than run a full article on coregasm, it was turned into a (more useful) piece on orgasms in general, and how to have more powerful ones. I was quoted as an expert (yay credibility!) and they used a single exercise that I provided, but the majority of the workout was cut.
Alas, Women’s Health, how you wound me! Fie, fie this life!
Just kidding. Their loss is your gain, ladies of the Roman Empire, for I have decided to pull this workout from the proverbial vault, and post it in all it’s glory for you to enjoy.
Here’s a disclaimer I’ve never had to offer in my personal exploits: courtesy dictates that I should note that not all women achieve coregasms, and in fact some women may not be able to (even if they are otherwise able to orgasm easily).
With regard to the workout itself, there are of course no “magic” moves or exercises that will ensure success, but there are a few that pop up in the anecdotal reports far more often than others.
We don’t know exactly what causes the results, but from what we know as an industry allows us to guess that coregasms are a consequence from either one of two things, or perhaps a combination of both.
The first is obviously external clitoral stimulation, and so exercises where the legs rub together seem to be effective for certain women.
The second, according to reports, is that the coregasm effect generally stems from the deeper pelvic muscles; these muscles, when stimulated, begin to contract in a fashion similar to an actual orgasm, and the body triggers one reactively.
I have designed the workout with these two things in mind, and it’s important that you remember to keep them in mind also.
Meaning you must firstly remember to keep your legs pressed together, and secondly attempt to engage the deeper pelvic muscles as much as possible; to that end, I recommend that you focus on initiating a mild vacuum—which is accomplished pulling your abs in and down—while performing all of the exercises in the workout.
Are we clear, ladies?
Great! On to the workout!
The workout will be comprised of the following exercises, all chosen for the frequency of association with coregams.
Description: Using a stool or a bench, set yourself in the completed position of a pull up; from there, slowly lower yourself to the ground, engaging the core slowly.
Note: assisted pull-up machines will not work for this exercise, because the platform that you rest on removes your core from the movement.
A2) Hanging Leg Raise
A3) Garhammer Raise
Description: Lay on your back with your legs straight in the air, angled 90* relative to your torso. Brace your abs and use your core to pull your hips off the ground.
A4) Arm Supported Reverse Crunch
WORKOUT SET UP: Perform 10-15 reps of exercises A1-A4 sequentially, moving from one to the next with minimal rest in between. Perform a total of 4 circuits. Or until…well, you know…
Enjoy, my friends! And keep in mind ladies; even if you don’t achieve the O, in the worst-case scenario, you still get an incredible core workout, right?
And, speaking of women’s fitness, let’s just move on to one final reminder that today is the LAST DAY to pick up Flavia Del Monte’s brand new program, CURVALICIOUS. Again, I regard this as an assemblage of the BEST workouts for female fitness I’ve ever had the pleasure to review. And, if you want more ways to help you achieve a coregasm, the workouts from the Tummy Tightener are a good place to start!