Is the Coregasm Real?

Urban Legend or Surprise?


Ever Had a Coregasm?

Way back in 2007, a woman asked that question on the T Nation Community Forums. Men replied, "What the heck is a coregasm?" But many women replied, "Um, yes. I thought I was the only one!"

A coregasm is an orgasm or near-orgasm experienced during exercise. Interestingly, this unexpected toe-curler happens even though nothing "down there" is being directly stimulated. In fact, the women report that they weren't even having sexual thoughts beforehand.

Not necessarily. Some women find this pleasurable, but others do not.

"The truth is, it's not as sexy as men would like to think," one woman said. "It's just useless stimulation at the wrong time. It's a nuisance more than anything else, and it can derail an ab workout. Since your mindset isn't in that place, it doesn't do anything for you."

In fact, one of the most commonly Googled questions about corgasms is, "How do I make them stop?"

Back in the day, many men – and even women who'd never experienced one – said the coregasm was an urban legend. But in recent years, science has cleared things up.

Leg Raise

Researchers confirmed that exercise – absent of any sexual thoughts – can indeed lead to female orgasm. Hundreds of women participated in an online survey, and the results were interesting:

  • 124 women reported experiencing an exercise-induced orgasm (EIO). (Yes, science gave it a fancy name and acronym.)
  • 246 women experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure (EISP). They described this as the feeling leading up to orgasm, but not orgasm itself.
  • 52 percent reported experiencing an orgasm while doing ab exercises within the previous 90 days. The leg raise in the "captain's chair" or dip station was often cited.

Other forms of exercise also triggered it: weight lifting (27 percent), yoga (20 percent), bicycling (16), running (13 percent), and walking/hiking (10 percent). Rope climbing made the list, too.

In the past, many women have been baffled about this phenomenon. About 20 percent said they couldn't control their experiences and were reluctant to train in a public gym. Many felt guilty or thought something was wrong with them.

This study shows that it's very common, and except for being, well, weird, it's not a sign that anything is wrong.

What triggers a coregasm? There's no exact answer from science yet, but it may have something to do with "pelvic floor recoil" or contractions of the Kegel muscles. It's more likely to happen after the body is warmed-up since blood vessels have been pre-dilated by exercise.

So if a female wants to experience a coregasm, get a sweat going, then hit some leg raises and "lower" ab exercises. If not, stick to "upper" ab exercises.

A small number of men have reported it, but most of these anecdotal cases involved horny guys doing sit-ups or other exercises that cause direct friction to their man-parts. So, probably not.

  1. Herbenick D et al. Exercise-induced orgasm and pleasure among women. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 2011 Nov;26(4):373-388.
Chris Shugart is T Nation's Chief Content Officer and the creator of the Velocity Diet. As part of his investigative journalism for T Nation, Chris was featured on HBO’s "Real Sports with Bryant Gumble." Follow on Instagram