Your vagina goes through a lot in your lifetime. Between puberty, your monthly friend, sex, waxing, and childbirth…it’s kind of a miracle that your vagina is even still intact, when you think about it. But then again, your vagina is a muscle (hello Kegel exercises!), which is why it’s able to be so flexible and so strong. It’s also why some people are participating in a new trend of vagina weight lifting—yes, we are totally, 100% serious. And no, it’s not exactly an exercise you do at the gym.
The idea behind vagina weight lifting is that you need to strengthen your pelvic floor in order to achieve maximum sexual health. And the way to do that is to lift objects with your vagina. At least, that’s how holistic sex coach and vaginal weightlifter Kim Anami feels, as you can see from her Instagram account which documents her using her lady parts to lift a wide variety of different (and heavy) objects. Think coconuts, pineapples, seashells, a surfboard (!) and free weights. And people are paying attention to what she does and what she has to say. She has over 50,000 followers on Instagram, and she’s generated a lot of buzz among women and female health experts everywhere.
And it shouldn’t be totally surprising that women are buying what Anami is selling. In her words, “having a vaginal weightlifting practice gives me and anyone that practices it the best sex of their lives.” We’re officially listening. And it’s not just about pleasure, she argues. Having a healthy and fulfilling sex life and a strong body, inside and out, also increases confidence, helps fight the effects of aging and can minimize feelings of depression. Bottom line: happy vagina, happy life.
So how does it work? Well, imagine you are inserting a tampon into your vagina—not so scary or bizarre right? Except replace that tampon with a jade egg that is tied to a string, and on the other end of that string is some object that you lift and move by clenching your vaginal muscles. Ok, maybe a little bizarre. But it’s a real practice with real benefits. It’s kind of like Kegel exercises, but a little more invasive and more intense. And some experts argue that lifting weights is far more effective than doing Kegels.
Dr. Laura Berman, sex therapist, relationship educator and author, told The Huffington Post that “women who find Kegels (the act of contracting muscles in the pelvic floor) ineffective might be suffering from pelvic floor damage, or more likely, they might be doing them incorrectly.” And if you don’t do them right, they will never give you the benefits you work so hard to achieve.
According to OB-GYN Alyssa Dweck, M.D., coauthor of V Is for Vagina, in an article for Women’s Health, some women need more vagina strength training than others. “In some women, particularly in those who have had vaginal deliveries, the vagina can feel relaxed, weak, and sometimes loose.” Those women will benefit from exercises meant to tighten up and strengthen those reproductive and sexual muscles.
So what can vaginal weight lifting do for your health and wellness? A lot, apparently. If you suffer from urinary incontinence, then working to tighten and strengthen your vaginal muscles and pelvic floor can help you eliminate or minimize urinary leakage. You will also have more confidence because you will feel stronger and more in control of your body. If you are pregnant then you will have an easier labor and delivery, as well as a faster and easier recovery from childbirth. Your sex life will improve as you not only experience better (read: more intense, longer and more frequent) orgasms but you also have an increased libido and increased circulation to your lady parts. And above all, says Mind Body Green, you’ll be happier and feel better both in your sexual life and all other aspects of your life.
So the real question isn’t “why is vagina weight lifting a thing?” but rather should be “why haven’t I been lifting weights with my vagina?”