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Your step-by-step guide to coregasming

Because you can never have too many reasons to get to the gym.



When you want to achieve a solo O, two options come to mind: your digits or your handy-dandy vibrator. But now, Debby Herbinick, sex researcher and author of the new book The Coregasm Workout, suggests that you consider another method: your sweat session at the gym.

The coregasm is an O experienced by both men and women that’s triggered by exercise, says Herbenick. Many women who’ve experienced the pleasurable workout side effect say it feels like a less-intense version of a vaginal orgasm that begins in the lower abs before moving toward the vagina, she says.  So how can you achieve the pleasant sensation? There’s a workout for that. Recent research investigating exercise-induced orgasms suggests that there are certain workouts and moves that tend to result in coregasms, says Herbinick.

“We don’t know how many women are capable of experiencing an orgasm from exercise,” says Herbenick, “but we do know that some of the women in our studies started to experience them after following the coregasm program for several weeks—including me.”

Intrigued? Here, the three-step process for turning your workout into a pleasure-fest.

Step One: Get Your Heart Pumping

“Most of the women who experience coregasms start their workout with 20 to 30 minutes of cardio, usually on the elliptical or the treadmill,” says Herbenick. But that doesn’t mean you should just hop on and walk it out for a half hour, she says. “We’ve never seen a case of coregasms happening with little to no effort, she says. “It typically occurs after a person has reached what feels like muscular fatigue,” says Herbenick.

Step Two: Work Those Lower Abs

After cardio, Herbenick says to dive right into an intense abs workout without taking a break. That’s because previous research suggests that cardio activates the sympathetic nervous system, which could make you aroused and likely to coregasm, she says. To engage the muscles at the bottom of your core, try an exercise like crunches, hanging leg raises, or leg lifts, says Herbenick. In her research, these moves were frequently mentioned as triggering an orgasm during exercise, though more research needs to be done to explain why, she says. Keep up the movement even as you start to get tired, says Herbenick.

Step Three: Bring On the Coregasm

When you start to notice some arousal, which usually comes after you reach the point of quivering muscles or like you’re close to not being able to perform the move anymore, keep up the movement as long as you can, says Herbenick. Then, be open to the orgasm, she says. “Once it feels like it’s coming on, you should relax and be receptive to feeling the orgasm without stopping the abs exercise,” she says.

What If the Exercise O’s Aren’t Coming?

If you don’t have a coregasm the first time you try this method, Herbenick says it doesn’t mean you’ll never achieve one. Her research shows that the stronger your core becomes, the more likely you are to have an orgasm during your abs workout. “I don’t want women to feel like this is something they must achieve, but it’s a new way to explore your sexuality,” says Herbenick.

Worst-case scenario: You’ll have freakishly amazing core to show for your efforts.