Your quest for ripped abs may have a very enjoyable side-effect and it’s called a ‘coregasm’. That’s right, some women can experience an orgasm while performing certain core moves. Read on to find out how you can have one…
What is a coregasm?
A coregasm is an exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) that happens while doing an intense abdominal workout. The term was coined by Alfred Kinsey in 1953 in his work Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. “It happens when you are doing an ab exercise and working your most inner part of your pelvic floor and transverse abdominals,” says fitness instructor Bec Donlan. “It’s 30 per cent of an orgasm so it won’t get you over the finish line. It’s basically ‘coreplay’ over foreplay.”
Can everyone have them?
The 2014 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior revealed that 10 per cent of women have experienced an orgasm during exercise. “It normally happens at extreme exhaustion because that’s when you’re putting the most pressure on your core and pelvic floor,” adds Bec. “It’s not easy and you have to be willing to put the work in.”
What if it happens on the gym floor?
Of course, some women may feel awkward about the Big O happening in public but Bec is encouraging people to enjoy it. “A lot of my followers have had one and they’re saying they’re glad someone is talking about it. It’s a normal thing to happen and I want to de-stigmatise it. If it happens I just say laugh it off!”
Exercises that can cause a coregasm
Core exercises that engage the lower abdominal muscles and pelvic floor are most likely to trigger a coregasm. The most common is the hanging leg raise and the hanging pull up and Bec says the ab wheel is ‘guaranteed’.
Also, consider the following yoga poses:
1. Boat pose
2. Eagle pose
3. Bridge pose
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