Since the 1940s, women have been instructed to do their kegel exercises to keep their pelvic floor muscles nice and strong, prepare the body for childbirth, and ward off a number of health issues. These days, things have gone a step further — we have Ben Wa balls and fitbits that measure and reward your kegels, and then there’s the curious phenomenon of ‘vaginal weightlifting’.
While the women of the world are busy squeezing away and attaching tiny weights to their most intimate parts, it seems men have been handed a free pass… or so we thought.
Evidently, penis strength training is very much a real thing. Vice writer Justin Caffier recently dipped his toe (well not his toe, exactly…) into this brave new world after learning of Private Gym, a ‘pelvic muscle exercises system for men’ — in other words, a gym for your penis.
It’s pretty compelling stuff, so you can’t blame Caffier for placing an order. His Private Gym delivery contained a book and instructional DVD, along with a “rubberised snap bracelet” for the penis with a 70g weight attached — and another 70g weight that could be attached when more of a challenge was required.
Before he could use the weights, Caffier had to build up “base strength” by squeezing and releasing his pelvic floor muscles for 10 minutes at a time, without an erection. He soon learned the joys of exercising your bits in public while strangers around are none the wiser — something we vagina owners are well familiar with.
“I did this routine while crawling in traffic, while watching a movie, and while seated at cafes with nice families strolling by, blissfully unaware of how hard I was squeezing,” Caffier writes for Vice. (Post continues after gallery.)