Coregasm: Is It Possible to Achieve Orgasm While Working Out?

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    Published 07 December 2018
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    Maybe you read a thread on Reddit about them or heard whispers of their occurrence from other women at the gym or your local Pilates class. Well, guess what? The rumors are true. Having an orgasm during exercise is possible, and it might be more common than you think. When it happens, it's called a coregasm, and it might be about to make your next workout a whole lot more interesting. 

    What is a coregasm?

    A coregasm is an exercise-induced orgasm, which is actually the official term for it. It’s sometimes called a coregasm because it occurs most frequently when people are performing core workouts. But that’s not the only way for people to achieve an orgasm while exercising. Some people can reach an exercise orgasm from biking, running, swimming, weightlifting, or even yoga.

    Who can have an exercise-induced orgasm?

    While the science about this isn't conclusive, it seems that almost anyone can have a coregasm, and they are not just happening to women. One of the first mentions of exercise-induced orgasm was made by famous sexologist Alfred Kinsey and his colleagues in 1953. In their study, five percent of women reported that they experienced orgasm while exercising. In more recent studies, this number is much higher — up to 23 percent. Even with this pretty high number of coregasm occurrences, there is minimal research on the subject, and we still don't know what the cause is. But scientists and personal trainers do have a few ideas. 

    Factors like body alignment, anatomy, and emotional state all influence your ability to have a workout orgasm. Female coregasm is thought to occur as a result of pelvic floor recoil. This is where abdominal and pelvic floor contractions cause stimulation by increasing pressure on multiple areas surrounding the pelvis and genitalia. In the male body, it’s a different thing entirely. It’s thought that male coregasms are actually caused by internal muscle pressure stimulating the prostate. 

    Of course, exercise can create physiological and mental precursors of arousal that lead to orgasm. In simpler terms, sometimes exercise puts you in a sexy state of mind.

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    What does a fitness orgasm feel like?

    An orgasm during exercise tends to feel different from person to person, but there are some commonalities. Most women claim that a coregasm feels different from an orgasm during sex or a masturbation-induced orgasm. It occurs much deeper in the body and feels more muscular and has less of the tingle and build up of a clitoral orgasm. A lot of people also claim that they actually have more control over exercise-induced orgasm. Although it can come on fast, they can usually stop it before it actually happens.

    Exercises that can cause a coregasm

    As you know, core exercises are the main activities that can cause an orgasm while working out, in particular, exercises that engage the lower abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. The above-mentioned study also found that the most common ab exercise that results in a coregasm is called the captain’s chair. This is when you hold yourself up in a piece of exercise equipment that looks like a chair with armrests and no seat so that your legs hang down freely. You then lift your legs out at a 90-degree angle, keeping your back straight, or bend your knees up into your chest. This engages the core muscles and works them pretty intensely!

    If you want to stick to floor exercises, try flutter kicks, hip thrusts, or squats. These exercises all engage the lower abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. Or, if you prefer yoga, then test out lifted lotus pose, plow pose, or pigeon pose, which open your hips and engage your pelvis. 

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    How to achieve orgasm while working out

    Of course, it's not just the exercise itself that is important; a lot of achieving a coregasm comes down to how you are exercising. For humans to reach orgasm, there needs to be a lot of blood flow through the pelvis and genital region. So, doing some cardio to get your heart rate up first can help your chances. This is particularly true for women, as increased blood flow engages the female sympathetic nervous system and heightens arousal responses to sexual stimuli. Additionally, exercise releases serotonin and endorphins, neurochemicals that are both associated with arousal. 

    Once you are warmed up, you can move on to your exercise of choice. If you’re working the abdomen, it’s important that you work really hard, as you need to fatigue the core muscles. This could mean doing more reps or a harder exercise, as most women state that they only achieve a coregasm when their muscles are exhausted. You also need to pay attention to your body while you are exercising and allow yourself to really feel everything that is going on inside your body. 

    And, if you aren't already doing Kegel exercises every day, now might be the time to start. Orgasms need the pelvic floor to contract in order to climax, so the stronger your muscles are, the easier it could be for your body to reach orgasm. 

    How to avoid fitness orgasm

    Sometimes having a fitness orgasm, and especially a gym orgasm, just isn't ideal. Having an orgasm at the gym is a less than optimal situation for most people. Fortunately, there are some ways that you can prevent coregasms. 

    Having a coregasm comes down to overworking your abdominal muscles, so if you want to avoid fitness orgasms, don’t work out to the max. Do fewer reps per set than you usually would and focus on making the ones you do perfect every time. 

    Being mindful can also go a long way. Just like you can focus on the pleasurable aspects of an exercise to bring on a coregasm, you can use that same focus to stop one in its tracks. If you feel one coming on, slow down, change exercises, or stop entirely to let the feeling pass. You can repeat the same exercise when your body has cooled off a bit or just move on to the next exercise for the day. 

    Mindfulness and being aware of your body play a big role in having coregasms. If you have difficulty with orgasm alone or with a partner, then this may actually be an extremely helpful skill for you to develop. You may have a coregasm one day, or you might not — it’s not a requirement, and either is fine. 

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    Reviewed by Dr. Andrei Marhol, General practitioner, medical advisor, Flo Health Inc., Lithuania

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