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!
Comments for This Entry
Jim WellsI've heard about this happening when women work out on a roman chair. It makes me want to do two-a-days to see it for myself.
July 16, 2013 at 8:22 am
Chariszplain old sit ups get the job done for me everytime, multiple times :)
May 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm
coregasming like a trooper!!!!Same here! I'm in training for the Army Reserves and have to do situps/crunches, pullups, pressups/planks, and leg raises every day, all of which set me off! Having an orgasm mid-set makes me look weak (irregular breath/having to stop to let it pass/makes the whole thing a lot more dramatic than it needs to be/muscles become progressively more weak and unresponsive if I don't manage to stop before each orgasm hits)... And we have regular fitness assessments which include all of the above - please help! So my question to you is - how do I lose the coregasms? Any help would be SO appreciated as at the moment I am quite discouraged and fed up of having to repeatedly pick myself up and continue my set with post-orgasmic wobbly legs and arms!!!!!!! :D Would MASSIVELY help me in my Army career to be able to cut this out - ATM I'm thinking I might have to give up my dream!!!!!
February 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm
Smart, Strong, and Sexy: Roman Fitness Systems[...] [[ROMAN’S NOTE: Not to belabor this point, but there are several studies that show masturbation (or orgasms in general, really) have been tied to everything from enhanced creativity to a stronger immune system. I touch on this (pun intended) in detail in my next book. If you’re interested in using ab exercises to achieve orgasm, check here.]] [...]
October 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Rosanna TarsieroI've got them, several times and never told my trainer LOL So if you don't hear from the ladies you train, don't assume they aren't having them. ;)
July 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm
Lissy Ryantorihmmm..i've experienced this before :)
June 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm
NikoHaha!! It is like you are saying that personal trainers are 'that' kind of gurus(if you know what i mean :))??
June 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm
lovebugOMG love this post. This happens to me all the time. It's AMAZING! I work at a Pilates studio and when no one is there I do my coregasm exercise....Sit on a Pilates reformer machine facing the back of it. Put your legs through the straps to come up to your thighs, lay down with your feet up to table top. Crunch up with right elbow to left knee, and the right leg goes straight out. Then crunch to the other side with your left elbow to your right knee, and the left leg straight out. The harder your twist the most intense the coregasm. Even my boyfriend can't make me orgasm like this. Ha!
June 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm
Tara @ Sweat like a PigThis is awesome! Gave me a good laugh :) I can show it to my husband who looks at me weirdly when I tell him tricep pushdowns make me feel all....tingly... haha my abs must be firing!
June 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm
TrueStoryDefinitely NOT a myth! It's happen to me quite a few times while working out... It's like a bonus at the end of a good workout :D It's good to know I'm not the only one... And what a perfect name "coregasms"! Now I have term for the phenomenon! Lol!
June 3, 2012 at 2:11 am
Siddharta1979Is this a good routine for guys too? I don't expect to get off, but hopefully a good workout for abs? I would assume so, but I'm always eager to know from who knows more than me... Thanks! Siddharta1979
June 1, 2012 at 3:55 am
John RomanielloGreat question! It's a great program for guys as well. You're unlikely to have a coregasm, but it's still a great ab workout.
June 1, 2012 at 11:18 am
men also can do itmen can do it also. The easiest way for a man is to climb a thick rope in gym class. Resistance crunch with inner thigh squeeze. I think it is the prostate being squeezed. It is like an orgasm that starts but there is no release/end. The use of inner thigh muscles is key. If you develop the leg muscles then the inner thigh no longer is called into use for the squeeze, so you can "lose" the ability to do it.
June 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm
BretcontrerasFreakin' hilarious! Coregasm achieved?
May 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm
John RomanielloThe pic says it all, I think!
June 1, 2012 at 12:48 am
Daniel Aipapie chart says it all Roman...
May 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm
Marie-Claire GravelBy the way, the pie chart is totally awesome.
May 27, 2012 at 5:57 am
Marie C GravelYou, sir, are genius!
May 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm
BradIt's definitely not a myth, known about this for years when it started happening to my girlfriend haha
May 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Roman Fitness SystemsAh, we have facebook comments, now. Please feel free to comment on blogs as yourself. Woot!
May 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm
Metin ErmanApparently this explains why I notice some women spend 30 mins on the leg lift apparatus....hahaha
May 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm
Bischain my experience is its not always a sure hit, but ive experienced it on: the roman chair ~ knees up though ( never when doing str. legs...) 'incline bench press bench' reverse crunches around the 3 or 4th set of 8-12 ish, and on a hammerstrength ab crunch mashine... but it kinds of stop working for me after some sessions... damn ;-) on to discover new exercises with added benefit other than 'muscle sculpting' ;-) will give 'the Roman coregasm workout' a try
May 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm
Wendy Worthingtonfabulous! even more incentive to train those abs! :-)
May 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm
JtwisbeyJohn, you still amaze me! I have had o's from just squeezing my legs together tightly along with my abs and butt while running around at work when i worked at a casino!lol. Blush! We run our asses off literally! 10 miles a night! Lol. It is true. Thanks for the info, keep it cumming, oops, i mean coming! Thanks again for the info that i have shared here just across the border, i live in the border town next to buffalo, on the canadian side. I have been spreading your info as much as i can, when time permits! Have a great long weekend. Keep up the great work. June xo
May 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Cindy_lee123How ironic that 2comments below say it happens in the "ROMAN" chair!! LOL. See Roman you really are the specialist in this area.
May 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm
Njshort73Is that what my long explanation is called??? A Roman chair? Hahaha
May 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm
John RomanielloHaha, indeed it is.
May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm
Njshort73My husband used to train me a bit in the gym and would shake his head when I would start giggling as he knew what was happening!! Always on (sorry-don't know the correct language) but the machine that you rest your arms on (elbow to wrist) and hang with legs down, then pull knees up. If that makes sense. Only worked if I was warmed up and had already done some abdominal work- couldn't just jump straight on it and get it to happen.....sounds familiar....there are no shortcuts-haha :)
May 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm
SimplyrediscoveredLove it Roman (your artivle and the workout)! I must be a perv ;). Been there done it all and there's a really good chance that this might be the single reason I still play the role as an exercise/ muscle specialist ;)
May 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Repetskaya Oksanapull ups (though NOT the negative ones) work great for me for that matter))))
May 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm
Cmbukit used to happen to me all the time doing hanging leg raises....
May 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm
GkdbtYup, hanging leg raises or even just doing straight leg raises in roman chair....cause and effect
May 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm
ShariMy husband is a truck driver and is gone for 6-8 weeks at a time...I think I'll start working out more! LOL!
May 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm
Sky GalWell Roman, I will gladly put your method to the test. :)
May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm
John RomanielloIf you feel comfortable sharing your experience, I think it might help some ladies work up the courage to do the same. Thanks, Sky!
May 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Sky GalI'll be sure to do that. :)
May 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm