Anyone who's been to a pilates class before can tell you with confidence that the subtle micro-movements involved are no f*cking joke. But after attending several sweaty sessions on the reg, you might notice that there's something a little more than core-sculpting going on with these exercises. Basically, if your sex life has suddenly gone from good to freaking incredible with no foreseeable cause, you're probably wondering whether pilates can help with orgasms -- and the answer, my friend, is it totally can.
A good ol' pilates workout majorly strengthens your pelvic floor, which is the group of muscles in your pelvis that support your bladder and uterus, according to Huffington Post. Basically, if you can increase your ability to control these muscles, you can actually amp up both intensity and any other sensations experienced during sex (or, you know, when you're going solo, too). When it comes to the big O in particular, the pelvic floor muscles actually contract by themselves automatically. So, the stronger these muscles are, the more intense the orgasm will feel.
Perhaps you should keep that little fun fact in mind the next time your friend invites you to that early morning pilates class and you're tempted to hit the snooze button. Her "post-workout glow" might go a little further than all those feel-good endorphins, know what I mean?
If you're intrigued by all of this (um, how could you not be?), here are five pilates moves that you can do any time, anywhere, that'll help take your orgasms to a whole new level.
1. The Hundred
This move majorly works the strength and stability of your core, while demanding you to engage your pelvic floor in the process.
Keep in mind as you do this workout that there's actually a connection between the pelvic floor and the transversus abdominis (aka a very deep layer of core muscle), so when done correctly, core work sculpts the pelvis muscles, as well.
Working the pelvic floor -- which involves the muscles surrounding your vagina -- during this exercise will also help teach you how to voluntarily squeeze these muscles.
Pro tip: If you squeeze those muscles during sex, it can feel amazing for your partner -- just sayin'.
This bad boy is an advanced pilates exercise that calls for tremendous shoulder and pelvic stability, hip flexibility, and full-body lengthening.
Scissors help mobilize the entire pelvis by releasing tension within tight hips and unlocking the lower back. By releasing all of this tightness, your pelvis is better able to rock up and down and move in circles freely.
Hello, spicy sex life.
3. Dead Bugs
Dead bugs activate the muscles in the pelvic floor and are challenging AF.
As you pull your abs to your spine, be sure to keep your mid-section and pelvis as still as possible, asserting complete control over this part of the body.
4. Chest Lift Holds
This baby is basically the same as a sit-up, but it calls for way more focus and control.
Engage your pelvis, and try to do these chest lifts without moving the pelvic area or pressing your lower back into the mat.
Consistently doing chest lifts, along with the other workouts on this list, will help you understand your body better. And more body awareness leads to more control over its functions -- and kickass orgasms, let's be real.
Roll ups are so effective, because they teach you not to rely on the bigger muscle groups to move your body. Rather, this exercise encourages you to focus on using both your abs and your pelvis in a slow and controlled manner, sans momentum.
Be as precise and controlled as you can during this exercise to reap the full benefits -- aka the best orgasm ever when it comes time to snuggle up with your partner between the sheets.