There’s been some whispers circulating the gym lately about a recurring phenomenon amongst women while working out.

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This usually occurs behinds closed doors (emphasis on the usually), which is what creates the little commotion around the unusual timing of this ‘situation’ at the gym. Guessed it yet? Yes ladies, I’m talking about an orgasm. At the gym. And it’s all very real.

The term that has been given to this occurrence is coregasm, and it’s basically an exercise induced orgasm (EIO). These are usually triggered by abdominal exercises, and the more reps (buildup), the stronger the intensity of the contraction. While reading a few articles about it, I realized I was also scanning through my mental repertoire wondering if I had ever gone through it. But I soon came to terms that if you’re like me and you think you might have encountered this feeling once, then I think the same rule applies as outside the gym:

If it wasn’t memorable, chances are it didn’t happen.

To really grasp your head around what it is that happens at the time of contraction, Victoria Zdrok, a sex therapist and author of The Anatomy of Pleasure, provides a scientific explanation for it:

“A lot of women require a buildup of tension in their legs before they can achieve the release of orgasm. So, when a woman exercises, the release of endorphins and dopamine, which are necessary for orgasm, combined with the tension in the abs and lower extremities, can cause the clitoral stimulation that is needed.”

Coregasms show that there are two types of women in this world: those who actively seek out for workouts to enhance them (A), and those who feel self-conscious about the untimely situation (B).

If you’re in group A, there are endless possibilities for you. There are several books and workout plans with names such as “Coregasm workouts”, “The best workout ever” or “How to have an orgasmic workout”. But if you’re in group B and the gym is just not your setting, then I suggest you lookout for how many reps you do around these exercises, although this might come in handy for girls in the first category as well 😉

Abdominal exercises (being the most common cause):

  • Hanging straight leg raise
  • Hanging side crunches
  • Invisible chair position
  • Single-leg plank
  • Arm pull-over straight leg crunch
  • Medicine ball blast

However, a few surveys have shown these sports to cause the same effects on many women (in order of most to least frequent):

  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Hiking


And there we have it, the coregasm phenomenon debunked for all you Fit Girls out there.

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