Although many still consider it a rumor, science has been able to prove the existence of the female “coregasm”, or an orgasm that is achieved during exercise. The idea was first discussed in the 1950’s by a man named Alfred Kinsey in his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.
More recently, researchers from Indiana University reported in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy that the phenomenon is not as rare as once believed: 370 women out of 530 surveyed said they experienced either an exercise-induced orgasm (EIO), or exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP).
How does it Work?
These effects are also recreated in men, yet not to such an effect. Although a coregasm is scientifically attainable, there still isn’t enough evidence to give away how it really happens.
“There doesn’t seem to be a concrete pattern of muscle activation that causes [coregasms], which could mean the mechanisms of action are as varied for EIO as for non-EIO stimulation,” explains kinesiologist and personal trainer Dean Somerset, CSCS.
“It’s highly individual, but it could also come down to biomechanical alignment, individual anatomical differences, muscle strength, and emotional state at the time.”
Many women who were interviewed said that the “captain’s chair” exercise was what most frequently sparked their pleasure. To perform this exercise, find a “chair” with no seat, and then elevate yourself up by the armrests until your feet are dangling in the air. Then, you can either lift your knees to your chest, or simply raise your legs strait out in a 90° angle.
“The range of exercises that people said gave them the greatest EIO sensations was quite interesting, especially as some had no immediately observable connection to…the pelvis,” Somerset says. “Hanging leg raises was far and away the most common occurrence, followed by pull-ups or chin-ups, hip thrusts, squats (with or without weight), and hamstring curls,” he adds.