When it comes to have stamina in the sack, fitness fanatics definitely come out on top. But the sexual perks of working out are not limited to hardcore CrossFitters or marathoners, the subtle art of Pilates can definitely help you between the sheets.
Most people associate the Pilates Method with flat abs. But to get that toned torso, you have to work deep. I mean really deep. I am talking pelvic floor deep. Yep. That muscle group worked during Kegel exercises is also worked in Pilates. There's a kind of neurological synergy between the pelvic floor and the transversus abdominis, the deepest layer of ab muscle. So when you pull your navel to your spine, like you do multiple times in every Pilates class, you should also be engaging your pelvic floor too. It's like a Kegel but with an extra lift.
Regularly working the pelvic floor, often referred to as the "vagina muscles" — although men have pelvic floor muscles too — can lead to stronger, more satisfying orgasms; the pelvic floor muscles go off with your uterus and cervix during the contraction and release of orgasm. Squeezing these muscles during sex creates heightened sensations for your partner too. True story: many of my former clients' husbands thanked me for teaching their wives this technique.
Beyond strengthening the deep muscles of the pelvic floor, Pilates helps mobilize the entire pelvis by unlocking tight hips and loosening lower spines. Releasing this area means the pelvis can rock up an down and move in all sorts of circles; many Pilates exercises involve elements of slo-mo twerking and little gyrations — good moves to learn. Gaining mobility in this region leads to more uninhibited motion. As we learned from our flirty floor workout, when you move sexy you feel sexy.
While stability is a core principal of Pilates, flexibility is too. Many Pilates exercises open up tight hips and legs, allowing them to move more freely and in greater ranges of motion. The freedom in your joints and muscles means you can experiment with all sorts of interesting positions in the bedroom. Just try this Pilates inner-thigh workout! It strengthens the legs while lengthening tight hamstrings and adductors.
Pilates will also make you stronger all over, which is always a boon for sexy time. And while getting stronger, because Pilates focuses on the mind-body connection, these workouts help you understand your body better. And more body awareness leads to things all Pilates instructors teach clients like better posture and good form when lifting, but it can also lead to a more satisfying sex life.