Who’d have thought your gym routine could make you better in the bedroom? From your shoulders and core to your glutes and thighs, strong muscles can improve your stamina and help you hold a range of positions. We spoke to Keith McNiven, GB wrestling champion and owner of Right Path Fitness, to get his top five moves for boosting your sex skills…
The glute bridge involves thrusting your hips in a rather bedroom-like manner, so it’s an absolute must to build your sexual skills. It works your core, hamstrings and glutes, keeping your body strong and toned.
HOW TO DO IT: Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and knees up, hip-width apart. Rest your arms on the floor and slowly lift your bottom from the mat upwards, until you’re resting on the tops of your shoulders with your back off the ground completely. You can add a bar with weights across your hips in the gym to increase the intensity.
Similar to the plank, but more advanced, this move works your core, strengthens your lower back muscles and helps to keep those shoulders strong and those glutes pumped – all essential assets for great bedroom skills.
HOW TO DO IT: Start from a standing position, bend down and gradually use your hands to take your weight and walk yourself out to a plank position. Hold for a couple of seconds, and then walk yourself back up to a standing position. This move requires upper body strength, tensed tummy muscles and a lot of determination. The stronger you get, the faster you’ll be able to get up and down.
They may be the oddest-looking exercise of the bunch, but fire hydrants are certainly not to be sniffed at when it comes to having better sex. They tone your bum and thighs, and help you manoeuvre into more unique positions.
HOW TO DO IT: Start on your hands and knees with your wrists underneath your shoulders and your knees directly underneath your hips. Tense your bum and your stomach as you lift one leg straight out to the side and upwards towards the ceiling. Gradually release the control to return to your starting position, and then go again with the opposite leg.
V Leg Ups
Like a sit up on steroids, nailing your V leg ups will bring you a core of steel, and the ability to navigate the whole Kama Sutra should you so wish.
HOW TO DO IT: Start sat on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, parted in the centre in a V shape. Lean back slowly and as you do so, lift your legs upwards to a 45-degree angle so that your body recreates a V shape. Keeping your tummy tensed and your balance strong will ensure you really feel this move working. It’s tough on the abs, and the slower you get into position whilst tensing, the more it’s going to work those muscles.
Resistance Band Kneeling Hip Flexors
These will help you practice your all-important thrusting, as well as keeping your posterior peachy.
HOW TO DO IT: Tie a resistance band around a pole or something strong and sturdy. Put the other half around your hips. Get yourself into a kneeling position. Sit back on your heels and slowly kneel upwards until you’re in a strong kneeling position, tensing your bum at the top. Go slow and steady to really feel the burn on this.