Okay, ladies. For those of you out there who might be reluctant to go to the gym or are looking for another excuse to get there, I have great news for you. Now, we already know working out is great for our physical and mental health. We have all heard women comment on how good they feel after a workout – how it improves their mood and confidence. And, of course, there’s the “runner’s high” (to me, one of the best feelings). It turns out, however, there is another wonderful reason to exercise. Are you ladies ready to have a coregasm?!
Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of letting 50 Shades of Grey consume our
libidos lives while we lay down on the couch, we can get off at the gym instead. Women are actually having orgasms or “coregasms” during their workouts. And no, not while reading about Christian Grey on the elliptical.
Some women are experiencing what they call “tingly” sensations while doing abdominal exercises! Specifically ones that engage the pelvic floor such as hanging leg raises. Victoria Zdrok, Ph. D, a sex therapist and author of The Anatomy of Pleasure states, “A lot of women require a build up of tension in their legs before they can achieve the release of orgasm, so when a woman exercises, the relief of endorphins and dopamine, which are necessary for orgasm, combined with the tension in the abs and lower extremities, can cause the clitoral stimulation that is needed.”
Here are the top five exercises that could result in a coregasm:
1. Hanging Straight-Leg Raise
Hang from a pullup bar with your hands shoulder-width apart and your hips centered under your body so there’s a straight line from your hands to the bottom of your hips (A). Keeping your legs and back straight and using a slow, controlled motion, raise your legs until they’re parallel to the floor (B). Slowly lower your legs. That’s one rep. Do 4-6. Feeling extra Barnumesque? Try to raise your feet above 90 degrees (C).
Perfect Form As you raise your legs, don’t swing them or let momentum do the work. Concentrate on keeping your butt down, as if you’re sitting on a chair.
2. Hanging Side Crunches
Hang from the bar, holding it with your palms facing forward, and bring your knees up so that your thighs and torso form a 90-degree angle (A). Next, pinch at your left side, curling your left hip up toward your left shoulder (B). Use your core to keep yourself from swinging, and repeat to the right. Continue alternating sides for 20 reps.
3. Single-Leg Plank
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Cross your arms over your chest and raise the lower half of your right leg until it’s in line with your left thigh (A). Press your left foot into the floor and contract your glutes as you lift your torso so it’s in line with your thighs (B). Hold. Rest for one minute, then repeat, raising the opposite leg.
4. Arm Pullover Straight-Leg Crunch
Grab a pair of 10- to 12-pound dumbbells and lie on your back with your arms behind you. Extend your legs at a 45-degree angle (A). Bring your arms up over your chest and lift your shoulders off the mat while raising your legs until they’re perpendicular to the floor (B). Return to start (don’t let your legs touch the floor). That’s 1 rep.
5. Medicine Ball Blast
Set an adjustable ab bench at a 45-degree angle. Lie down on it with your head toward the floor and hook your feet under the padded support bar. Hold a medicine ball at your chest as you lower yourself (A). As you come up, chest-pass the ball straight up (B). Catch it at the top of the movement, then lower yourself and repeat.
Really, I’m not surprised. After all, exercise already releases a bunch of feel-good hormones, gets your blood pumping, and puts you in closer touch with your body on a deeper level. Throw in some strategic core work–and, well, why not?
Hmmmm….I have to “go do some hanging straight leg raises.”