By Adam Drake
Sex is awesome. I don’t really understand how people can be addicted to couponing, but I fully get the concept of sex addiction. Whether or not I’m an authority on the subject of sex — like any sport or activity, one can always improve. Sure, practice makes perfect, but it’s the fine-tuning of certain “things” that’ll earn you a gold medal from your partner in the afterglow.
I’ve spent a good deal of time researching exercises and routines that’ll help improve your sex life, and, most likely, your overall health as well.
I imagine that your arms giving out mid-coitus and your body falling on your partner, smothering them in an avalanche of skin, is probably not the best thing to happen in the bedroom. To prevent this, do some pushups. If you’re new to the pushup game, start with small reps and increase as you improve. I always recommend starting with three sets of five reps each day, and increasing by five reps each week. Not only will pushups increase triceps and pectorals, but they’ll enable your arms to remain in a static position for longer.
Without getting too technical, abs are crucial to a good sex life, and not just for physical appeal. Let’s be honest: You’re going to need to thrust. And a thrusting motion is only improved when you work your abs and core. My ab routine begins with a set of 30 “suitcases.” Lie down on a mat with your arms behind your head. Bend your knees and hold your feet off the ground. From there, bring your head in between your legs, repeat 30 times without setting your feet or head on the ground. I follow this by working my lower abs with 30 straight leg lifts while my back and head remain on the ground. From there, I grab a 10-12lb medicine ball behind my head and do 30 sit-ups while raising the ball over my head.
Sex features the one finish line you don’t want to be the first to go through. The best way to ensure you “come in second” is through increased stamina. Start off with cardio exercises such as running, jump rope, or erging (using the rowing machine). Work on improving your distance or time with each workout. After a few weeks, add in sprints for 30-60 seconds, fall back to your easier pace for 4 minutes, and do another sprint. This will quickly increase your endurance, and will leave you with enough energy to go for round two.
Your glutes are the key to raising your pelvis off the bed. If your partner is on top, this position, along with the accompanying motions, will work out very nicely for both of you. To strengthen your glutes, start doing deadlifts. With a bar in front of you and your feet at shoulder width, keeping your back straight, grab the bar and use your glutes to propel you upward until you’re standing. Place the bar back on the ground and repeat this while adding weight.
Stretching is a key component to almost all workouts, and it’s no different with sex. I’m not saying you should stretch out before or after sex, but improving your overall flexibility will help with various methods, positions, or strange locations you find yourself doing the deed. Begin by loosening up your core. Twists and back bends usually do the trick. Also, make sure you’re stretching out your hamstrings and upper arms. Soon enough, you’ll find you can get more … uh … distance with some movements, and your partner will thank you.
Adam Drake is Creative Director for the Sweat Life, a former four-year varsity rower for the University of Miami, and currently rows for the Maritime Rowing Club. He is the co-founder of Kayak for a Cause, a charity event based in Connecticut. As a writer, Adam has developed television shows for Comedy Central, Bad Boy Worldwide, and Sky, written ad campaigns for clients such as Bacardi, Starbucks, Dove Men+Care, and HBO, and was a contributor to the pop culture site YesButNoButYes. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and working on his tremendous collection of unfinished novels.