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The last few years have seen the meteoric rise of personal fitness trackers like Fitbit and Jawbone, but it seems like 2016 will see the rise of a much more personal form of exercise: At last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, OhMiBod’s new Kegel device, the Lovelife Krush, was named the top digital health and fitness product, beating out thousands of other companies’ innovations.
Though it’s hardly the first Kegel product out there, the high-profile recognition of OhMiBod’s sexy new device definitely means there’s a not-to-be-ignored shift in the world of women’s sexual health and wellness. No longer are Kegels a punchline from “Sex and the City”; the idea that you should do them for not only health benefits but sexual pleasure is becoming much more mainstream.
These devices all claim to help a woman tone and strengthen her pelvic floor, which can weaken as you age and cause a host of heath issues down the road. OhMiBod’s CEO, Suki Dunham, even went so far as to call them “a victory for women’s sexual health.” With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five new devices that help you stay toned down there.
This is the award-winning new device that brought discussion of women’s sexual health to the table. This bright pink exerciser ($129) connects to an iOS-only app via Bluetooth, this device helps you track and measure your strength and endurance while you tighten your pelvic floor muscles.
Purporting to be “your most personal trainer,” Elvie ($199, app available on iOS and Android) is a small mint-green device that connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone, helping you visualize, train, and correct yourself in real time. Think of it as the next wave of personal fitness—its cofounder, Alexander Asseily, started Jawbone and has taken the knowledge of wearable tech to a whole new arena.
The hands-down winner in terms of PC puns, this Kickstarter-backed trainer ($149, app on iOS and Android) gives you some resistance and lets you track your performance in real time. And as a bonus, it acts as a vibrator in a pinch. You know, for a post-workout reward.
If Samantha Jones were to use a biofeedback device for her own PC adventures, this would probably be the one. The bright-pink comma-shaped exerciser ($99) automatically detects the strength of your Kegels and coaches you through a session with a series of eight gentle vibrations.
Another fitness device for your ladybits that got its start with Kickstarter, the VSculpt (available for pre-order, $345) differs from other devices in that it uses comforting infrared light and vibrations to help tone and strengthen. Read more about how it works here.