The study published in a special issue of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, a leading peer-reviewed journal in the area of sex therapy and sexual health. Author/Researcher, Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Co-author is J. Dennis Fortenberry, M.D., professor at the IU School of Medicine and Center for Sexual Health Promotion affiliate.
The surveys within the study gave these results and are based on surveys administered online to 124 women who reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms (EIO) and 246 women who experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP). The women ranged in age from 18 to 63. Most were in a relationship or married, and about 69 percent identified themselves as heterosexual.
Here are some key findings:
- About 40 percent of women who had experienced EIO and EISP had done so on more than 10 occasions.
- Most of the women in the EIO group reported feeling some degree of self-consciousness when exercising in public places, with about 20 percent reporting they could not control their experience.
- Most women reporting EIO said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences.
- Diverse types of physical exercise were associated with EIO and EISP. Of the EIO group, 51.4 percent reported experiencing an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises within the previous 90 days. Others reported experiencing orgasm in connection to such exercises as weight lifting (26.5 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (15.8), running (13.2 percent) and walking/hiking (9.6 percent).
- In open-ended responses, ab exercises were particularly associated with the ”captain’s chair,” which consists of a rack with padded arm rests and back support that allows the legs to hang free. The goal is to repeatedly lift the knees toward the chest or toward a 90-degree angle with the body.
- This is really interesting and is about to explored more as Debby explains:
These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women’s experiences of orgasm.
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The mechanisms behind exercise-induced orgasm and exercise-induced sexual pleasure remain unclear and, in future research, we hope to learn more about triggers for both. Also the study findings may help women who experience EIO/EISP feel more normal about their experiences or put them into context.
- The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting.
- has already worked out a routine that helps you to achieve an coregasm!
- Look and try!
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 four to six. 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.
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.
This is one strengthens your entire core. It’s really hard to get the very sides of your abs and you really need these muscles for everything you do — even walking. To make it easier, use a machine that allows your elbows and arms to support your body weight, or use straps on the chin-up bar to add support.
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.
Works abs, hips, and glutes
Hold each move until your fatigue level reaches 9 (your arms are about to give out) on a scale of 1 to 10. Do one rep of each move, noting your time. Rest for one minute between moves.
Add four seconds to your times from Week 1. Do one full circuit, resting for one minute between moves.
Add one second to your times from Week 2. Do two full circuits, resting for one minute between moves.
Add four seconds to your times from Week 3. Do two full circuits, resting for one minute between moves.
Add one second to your times from Week 4. Do three full circuits, resting for one minute between moves.
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.
Works upper back, abs, and hips
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.
- Exercise Induced Orgasms in Women (iantimberlake.wordpress.com)
- Study confirms some women orgasm during exercise – CBS News (cbsnews.com)