5 Things You Should Know About Coregasm (Having an Orgasm While You Exercise)

The Coregasm Workout, Available June 2015

The Coregasm Workout, Available June 2015

My newest book, The Coregasm Workout, is all about coregasms – that is, exercise-induced orgasm (EIO) and also exercise-induced arousal (EIA). A lot of things have been written on the Internet about coregasms and unfortunately much of it isn’t true. That’s why I wrote the book: because I very often receive questions about this area of my research and because I like it when people have good, solid information.

Let’s start with some basics:

1. Exercise-induced orgasm is not rare. Our research shows that about 10% of Americans have had at least one in their lives.

2. It happens to both women and men. Although our first study focused on women, we quickly heard from many men with stories of their own to share (these stories, and those from women, are in the book).

3. The exact mechanisms to explain exercise-induced orgasm (coregasm) aren’t fully known. The same is true for regular old female orgasms, too. While much is known about orgasm, much remains a mystery too.

4. Some exercises – and some ways of exercising – are more likely to produce coregasms than others. Hanging leg raises on a Captain’s Chair? Yes, under some conditions. Leisurely walking for 5 minutes? Highly unlikely. More about this in the book and/or in future posts… (it takes some time to explain). That said, people describe having coregasms from all sorts of different exercises including orgasms while running, orgasms while biking, orgasms while doing sit-ups or crunches, orgasms from doing leg raises or leg lifts, orgasms from yoga or pilates, and much more. How much more? Walking, running, swimming, squats, lunges, weight lifting, hiking, and so on.

5. Exercise-induced arousal is something people can learn. This is one of the most exciting parts to  me given the number of people looking for healthy, free or low-cost, and safe ways to improve enhance their sexual arousal and desire. Initially, I had no idea if one could “teach” people how to exercise in ways that would produce arousal, or maybe even orgasm. Our research with women (soon to be published) suggests that teaching women certain ways of exercising can lead to feelings of arousal and even desire. We’ll continue to do more research in this area and I’ll keep you posted as that moves along.

Where You Can Buy The Coregasm Workout

Ask a local bookstore to stock The Coregasm Workout! Also, your local gyms and sex toy boutiques too. And if they do book signings, ask them to have me over. I’ll bring snacks! And coregasm stories and tips. Plus, I’m happy to answer your coregasm & sex questions.

You can also pre-order (or order, if you’re reading this after June 2015) The Coregasm Workout through:

Barnes & Noble (the folks at the Bloomington, Indiana store is always so nice to my students who shop for my books there. Thank you!)
Powell’s (Portland, Oregon; takes online orders too)
Books & Books (Coral Gables, FL; takes online orders too)

Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA & online)
Blue Willow Bookshop (Houston, TX & online)
Parnassus (Nashville, TN; also accepts online orders but may need to call to check on pre-orders)
Indie Bound (will help you find an independent store near you)
Books A Million (various locations & online)
Changing Hands (Tempe & Phoenix, AZ & online)
A Cappella Books (Atlanta, GA & online)

…and of course, through Amazon.

E-book versions coming, too.

What’s your favorite independent bookstore? I’d love to support them, so let me know! Email me at debby.herbenick@gmail.com with their name and website info.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • http://www.stdcheck.com/blog/ Erynn Haskins

    I’ve heard that EIOs are sometimes an undesirable experience. Would your book have tips on how to prevent/reduce them from occurring?

  • http://www.stdcheck.com/blog/ Erynn Haskins

    I’ve heard that EIOs are sometimes an undesirable experience. Would your book have tips on how to prevent/reduce them from occurring?

  • http://www.stdcheck.com/blog/ Erynn Haskins

    I’ve heard that EIOs are sometimes an undesirable experience. Would your book have tips on how to prevent/reduce them from occurring?

  • http://www.stdcheck.com/blog/ Erynn Haskins

    I’ve heard that EIOs are sometimes an undesirable experience. Would your book have tips on how to prevent/reduce them from occurring?

  • Debby Herbenick

    Yes, you’re absolutely right – some women and men try to prevent them in certain situations, such as when they are working out with a trainer or coach, or doing a group exercise class. To meet those readers’ needs, there’s a section of the book all about stopping or preventing exercise-induced orgasm (coregasm) when wanted. There are several different strategies that people successfully use – and I go over each of the strategies that people in our studies find effective.

    Great question – thank you for asking!