If you left the gym feeling…well, a little kinky, be assured you are not alone. A study by the Indiana University suggests that the fabled exercise “High”, or otherwise known by some as “coregasm” really do exist!
In this first-of-its-kind new study, researchers gave 530 women aged between 18 to 63 an anonymous online survey. 124 women reported experiencing exercise-induced orgasms (EIO), and 246 said they’ve felt exercise-induced sexual pleasure (or EISP; meaning they were aroused but didn’t have a full orgasm). About 40 percent of women who had experienced EIO and EISP had done so on more than 10 occasions. And most of these women denied having sexual fantasies or thinking about someone they’re attracted to when it hit them.
The fact that it took only five weeks to recruit the 370 women who have had experienced this lip-biting phenomenon suggests that it’s probably not uncommon at all.
But what we are really interested to find out (and the real reason why you’re still reading) is the type of exercise they’re engaging in when it happened. Evidence seems to point to abdominal exercises as the trigger: Nearly 52 percent of the women who had fitness orgasms said it came on in connection with ab moves in the past 90 days, which explains the term “coregasm” circulating in the media for years.
In particular, the G-spot of the gym turns out to be the “Captain’s Chair“. It consists of a rack with padded arm rests and back support that allows the legs to hang free. The goal of this workout is to repeatedly lift the knees toward the chest or toward a 90-degree angle with the body.
Other ooohh-inducing moves included weight lifting (26.5 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (15.8 percent), running (13.2 percent) and walking/hiking (9.6 percent).
While the experts aren’t sure what mechanism sexercise works on at this point of time, it tells us that the O-phoria is not purely a sexual event. And it’s possible to connect our mind and body in similar ways during exercise – adding on to the long list of mental and physical benefits of working out.
So if you’re in desperate need to perk up your day pronto, why not head to the gym near your office for three sets of 15 repetitions in the Captain’s Chair? Well, even if it does not bring on the big O, it’ll at least give you to-die-for sexy abs.
– By Claudia Lin