Women are going to the gym to get fit — and more
- Last Updated: 8:26 AM, May 16, 2010
- Posted: 1:08 AM, May 16, 2010
Vuyelwa Thom often comes home from the gym oddly energized, bouncy even, to the point that her boyfriend wonders what she’s been up to with her personal trainer.
“He’s not really the jealous type,” says the 26-year-old hairstylist and dancer, who lives in East Flatbush. “But he has noticed, he has questioned.”
But it isn’t her trainer giving her an orgasmic glow. It’s the excercise program he designed for her.
Trainer Michael John, 29, of Crunch gym’s Fort Greene outpost, regularly leads Thom into a state that most women reserve for their lovers. She’s one of a growing number of female Crunch members who engage in an ultra-challenging series of cardio and abdominal exercises that can lead to what’s known as a “coregasm” — a full-body orgasm brought on simply through exercise, not in the bedroom but on the gym floor.
Strange as it sounds, it’s actually a concept that’s been whispered about in fitness circles, and the occasional gynecologist’s office, for years. John has brought it into the open, leveraging the potential for coregasm to attract more participants. And, giggles aside, it’s working. “I have a lot of new clients,” says the tall, lanky yet muscular trainer, who works mainly with women.
There are currently five females working his coregasm circuit, and four of them are new, some attracted by a bold statement he scrawled across the gym’s central message board last month: “If you’ve never had a COREGAZM come and see Michael, he’ll show you how to get one,” it read in multicolored chalk.
He wrote the word “COREGAZM” in letters 10 inches high and spanning several feet. Even at Crunch, a gym chain known for cheeky slogans on everything from its water fountains to bathroom doors and classes like “pole dancing” and “turning tricks,” it stood out as risqué — and intriguing.
AnnaMae West, 25, a student living in Bushwick, says she chose John over other trainers specifically because of his climax-inducing workout.
“I just felt like it was something interesting that I might be able to get into,” she says. “He told me it would be a different experience.” Just what has West experienced? “It’s a little sensation you get — you move your legs in a certain way, your body, your hips.”
For some of John’s other clients, it’s more than just a “little sensation.” Danielle Green, 21, a student and research assistant from East New York, says she’s had a full “coregasm” twice in the two months she’s been working with John, and that it is at once a “very indescribable” feeling and one she would describe as the “same as having an orgasm during sex.”
She also says she’s seen a rapid change in her body since she started training, and admits that the coregasms “definitely made me want to work out more.” But hitting that kind of peak in the middle of a crowded gym can be a bit strange.
“It felt kind of odd — it’s a male-dominated gym,” Green says. “There’s a lot of guys around, to see that side of me.”
Other clients stop before reaching full intensity to avoid embarrassment. One 30-something client, who wishes to remain anonymous, often can’t get through all her sets on a machine ironically called the “Preacher Chair” because she gets too stimulated.
“If I could stay on that machine long enough . . . ,” she says, trailing off and smiling naughtily. “But it’s public.”
Another client stopped 20 minutes into an hourlong session when things got too intense with the leg lifts and tummy crunches. She opted to continue on a cardio machine.
Not all women are able to get such a visceral payoff from exercise, says Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, clinic director at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality in Manhattan. While “an orgasm that is reached by contracting pelvic muscles makes total sense, the number of women who orgasm this way is clearly small,” Marcus says. From her hundreds of patients, she has only “a handful that can have an orgasm by merely contracting their muscles.”
Still, for those who can climax this way, Marcus says that “the gym is a great spot, because you’ve got a lot of blood flow, which is usually helpful to orgasm.” And lying down for ab work puts you in the “perfect position.”
Even with such promising circumstances, though, the doctor says the idea of a workout that will enable any woman to achieve such arousing results is unrealistic. “I think it’s really ridiculous,” she says. “It’s probably a very small percentage who can achieve it.”
Like every other man in America, John, who recently got his girlfriend to train with his coregasm technique, insists he has a 100 percent success rate. He answers inquiries about the doctor’s sobering odds with nothing more than a charming smile.
“I have the magic touch,” he says.