After rumors of urban myths recounting women who climaxed in the gym surfaced, Men's Health decided to delve deeper into the coregasm to find out how women are climaxing during workouts and how many of them do.
Victoria Zdrok, Ph.D., a sex therapist and author of The Anatomy of Pleasure, provided scientific insight.
"A lot of women require a buildup of tension in their legs before they can achieve the release of orgasm," she said. "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.
Joy Davidson, Ph.D., author of Fearless Sex, offered a fitness angle:
"When that happens, usually it's women who already have very strong pelvic muscles," she said. "And when they’re doing certain exercises that are tapping into the deep core or into the quads and inner thighs, what they wind up doing is almost automatically squeezing pelvic muscles in addition.
Davidson said that the tightening of core and leg muscles were "triggering the nerve impulses in the pelvic area. It's a little unusual to get that much response from one squeeze, but if you're doing multiple reps, you're squeezing your pelvic muscles over and over again.
The moves that will, or could, give you a coregasm are hanging straight-leg raise, hanging side crunches, and single leg planks, among others. Of course it will only work if you're doing repetitions. Try it, and if you dare, share with us your coregasmic experience!