MANY women who train in the gym experience orgasm while they workout, according to a new study.
Female fitness and bodybuilding fans said they were brought to orgasm when lifting weights or during a spinning session, even if sex was the last thing on their minds. Many simply couldn't stop themselves.
Although the phenomenon was first reported in 1953, 'little is known about exercise-induced orgasms,' according to scientists from Indiana University.
To fill in the gap researcher Debby Herbenick and her team surveyed hundreds of women aged from 18 to 63 who said they had experienced exercise-induced orgasm or sexual pleasure.
They found nearly half of the women had experienced the symptoms on more than 10 occasions.
However, most were not fantasizing at the time or thinking about someone they were attracted to.
Ms Herbenick said: “The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking/spinning and weight lifting.
“These data are interesting because they suggest that orgasm is not necessarily a sexual event, and they may also teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women's experiences of orgasm.”
The exercises most associated with female orgasms (percentage) were:
Abdominal exercises: 51.4%
Weight lifting: 26.5%
A fifth of those who experienced orgasms said they had no control over the experience and most of them felt self-conscious as a result.