Yes, experiencing an orgasm whilst exercising is really a thing.
With more people than ever picking up new hobbies and getting more involved in fitness due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a huge surge in at-home-workouts. It’s a commonly known fact that exercising is great for releasing endorphins, reducing stress and for generally raising our mood. In fact, it can make some women feel so good that they actually reach orgasm – or as referred to in medical terms: EIO (exercise-induced orgasm).
Although scientists recognised this as early as the 1950s, solid research wasn’t conducted until late 2011 by Debby Herbenick and J. Dennis Fortenberry from Indiana University, in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy. This journal explains that a coregasm can happen while you’re doing exercises that engage the core, such as abdominal workouts, biking and climbing poles.
According to the study, one in 10 women will experience a coregasm in their lifetime – great news, we know. The most likely abdominal exercise to produce a female orgasm was the “captain’s chair”. To do the exercise, you rest your elbows on padded arm rests with your back against a support – legs hanging free – you then raise your knees upwards towards your chest several times and voila, hopefully producing an orgasm.
However, scientists still aren’t absolutely sure why coregasms happen. The leading theory as to why it occurs is supposedly due to fatigued abdominal and pelvic floor muscles producing an inner stimulation that results in orgasm. For men, there is speculation that this could be tied to prostate stimulation. One thing is for sure, coregasms are completely disconnected from sexual thoughts and fantasies.
We spoke to Holly Jones*, a 25-year-old who has consistently experienced coregasms to explain her experience:
Holly explained the first time she experienced a coregasm was whilst doing circuits in PE in high school “I think I must have been 14 or 15 – and one of the tasks was how many crunches you could do in the set time. I’m competitive, so I was really trying and I think it was the repetitive movement and muscle fatigue in my core that was making me tense my pelvic floor too, and then… it happened”.
Thankfully for Holly, she said that it’s not as intense as other orgasms – luckily nobody around her had noticed. “From then on, I’ve always been aware that ab exercises give me ‘that feeling’”.
Holly said that the feeling she experiences during a coregasm is certainly different from the type of orgasm that you would typically experience from sex. “It’s not anywhere near as intense. It’s not as tingly. It’s more like the feeling of building up to orgasm actually, like localised muscle pleasure almost. I feel it mostly in the tops of my thighs and lower abs, rather than through my whole body”.
Yoga is a majorly core-focused workout, Holly described how doing certain poses will produce a similar effect. “If I’m in a class and I can feel it happen then I usually just stop the exercise, focus on not tensing and then the feeling gradually subsides and I can carry on normally”.
“Now I’m aware of how and why it happens – finally, at the age of 24 and after 10 years of thinking I was just weird – I’ve found it even easier to stop it from happening”.
*Interviewees name has been changed for anonymity purposes.