Women already eat salad and spend hours in Zumba classes because they don’t have flat abs or a butt like JLo. Now, a small tech start-up also wants us to feel bad about our lazy lady bits.
If you’ve been slacking on your kegel exercises (you know, that muscle that stops you from peeing your pants?), kGoal Smart Kegel Trainer by Minna Life hopes to turn your kegel muscles from beefy to buff. The kGoal device is meant to be inserted into your nether regions, while an app on your phone tracks your reps. (It’s been dubbed “The FitBit for your Vagina” by some media outlets.)
Apparently, ladies, we need to get our vajayjays to the gym, pronto. Having strong pelvic floor muscles are important for having easier pregnancies, controlling your bladder, stabilizing your lower spine and — most importantly — amping up arousal and sensation during sex. And, according to kGoal’s kickstarter page, most of us aren’t doing enough kegel exercises AND we’re doing them incorrectly when we do. Uncoordinated much?
“kGoal is a smart Kegel trainer and functions as both an exercise tool and a performance monitoring and guidance system. It measures the force exerted by squeezing your pelvic floor muscles and can communicate that information back to you via a phone and/or the device itself. Using the device and corresponding app is like having a personalized gym, physical therapist, and tracking system by your side whenever you want.”
kGoal just wants to become a modern day ThighMaster for the female masses.
I feel like the chances are if you’re the kind of person who needs an app and an insertable device to motivate you to get your cloven tuft in tip-top condition, you’ll probably abandon it faster than your New Year’s resolution to actually use your Shake Weight.
Also, if you think you need to do kegels to make your birth cannon feel “tighter”— a subconscious fear the kGoal is likely conjuring in your mind — that’s not quite accurate; Kegels don’t actually make your vagina any smaller or tighter, but they can help intensify orgasm by making your pelvic floor muscles, which surround the vagina, stronger. (Here’s a useful source I found that explains it all.)
Much like flossing, kegel exercises should be incorporated into your daily routine. You can do them anywhere, sans the sex toy-esque-looking squishy pillow thing. The Mayo Clinic recommends tightening your pelvic floor muscles five seconds, then relaxing for another five seconds. (Over time you can increase this to 10 seconds each.) Try to do three sets of 10 repetitions every day. (We can bet you Amy Poehler is working on hers right now.)
Do you think an app will help you work out your hoo-hoo on a more regular basis? If you decide to support kGoal’s kickstarter campaign, you could be one of the first to try it out! Let us know how it goes.