Women just got a lot more incentive to start working out.
There has been anecdotal evidence for years of women experiencing orgasm while performing core-based exercises, and a new research study from Indiana University now confirms the phenomenon -- dubbed coregasm -- is legit.
The study, based on the responses of 370 women between 18 to 63, said abdominal exercises triggered what researchers called EIO (Exercise Induced Orgasm) among 51.4 percent of them. Others reported this experience while weightlifting (26.5 percent), doing yoga (20 percent), bicycling (15.8 percent), running (13.2 percent) and walking/hiking (9.6 percent).
"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,"" said Debby Herbenick, the study's co-author and co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and sexual health educator at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
One exercise in particular was cited as being a trigger. The "Captain's Chair" has padded arm rests and back support while legs hang free at the start of the exercise. Then the knees are lifted toward the torso, which activates muscles in the core.
The study also said that "most women reporting EIO said they were not fantasizing sexually or thinking about anyone they were attracted to during their experiences."
"Magazines and blogs have long highlighted cases of what they sometimes call 'coregasms,'" Herbenick said. "But aside from early reports by Kinsey and colleagues, this is an area of women's sexual health research that has been largely ignored over the past six decades."
A potential downside to the coregasm is that most women who have experienced it say they feel self-conscious about working out in a public place. Cue the woman from "When Harry Met Sally" who says, "I'll have what she's having."
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