One of the challenges many men face in the aging process is diminished sexual functioning. Men who begin to have issues with erections want answers and solutions. The overwhelming market for male sexual enhancement supplements and pharmaceuticals bears witness to the problems—real or perceived. But what ‘they’ are selling isn’t necessarily the right answer. And, in some cases those dietary supplements that promise big things can be dangerous for your health.
Let’s look at erectile dysfunction under the wider umbrella of male sexual health. And, what exactly does that mean? Simply put, sexual health for men is all about taking care of your stuff. Making sure you’re in good physical health, that things work properly (bladder, bowel, sexual function), and getting tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections. Exercising for sexual health means focusing on more than abs—did you know that men have the same set of pelvic floor muscles that women have? Me neither.
Dr. Andrew Siegel and cofounder, David Mandell have developed a research-based program to help men exercise their pelvic floor muscles, the Private Gym. (affiliate link)
I met David back in December and over drinks and dinner we talked about penises, sex and erectile dysfunction (I can only imagine what the waiter was thinking). I wanted to know how a former Chief of Staff of the FAA came to be involved in male sexual health. And why he was reaching out to me with his new venture.
Remember Smiling Bob? He was the guy in those cheesy ads for Enzyte, the male sexual enhancement product. Enzyte was one of the earlier dietary supplements developed to entice men with real or perceived erectile issues. There are plenty of supplements out there today that promise to give men bigger, harder, firmer erections—and none of them work. It’s a scam- I promise you. David was intrigued by the story and the culture that grew out of the Smiling Bob story—”Bob” eventually landed in jail, but that’s off topic. David started researching the topic, reaching out to medical professionals in the field, and the concept for the Private Gym was born.
Any good product development focuses on filling a need and clearly there is a lack of safe, scientific-based resources for men with ED. Men have concerns about their ability to perform sexually, at many stages of life. What is the best and safest way for men to fend off or deal with erectile dysfunction? Dr. Siegel, a urologist specializing in genital and urological health issues, and Mandell partnered to develop a comprehensive program of exercises designed to strengthen the male pelvis floor muscles.
“We exercise all parts of our body, but completely neglect the muscles that control our sexual function,” said Dr. Andrew Siegel, Cofounder of Private Gym And renowned urologist, surgeon, professor and author of Male Pelvic Fitness: Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health . “With Private Gym, men can now safely and naturally strengthen one of their most important muscle systems.”
The Private Gym Exercise Programs (affiliate link) strengthen a complex network of muscles known as pelvic muscles. These muscles surround the base of the penis, which extends deep inside the body. The pelvic muscles are responsible for causing a surge of blood flow to the penis that helps to maintain penile rigidity. When squeezed, the pelvic muscles force more blood into the penis and allow it to be held in longer, producing a harder, larger, and longer-lasting erection.”
It came as a surprise to me to learn that the men have the same set of pelvic floor muscles as women. And, just as women can use kegel exercises to tone and tighten, and improve bladder function, men can achieve comparable results. That’s the concept behind the Private Gym—a series of graduated exercises designed to tone and strengthen the essential muscles that constitute the pelvic floor muscles.
David Mandell was referred to me by a peer in the sexuality field; the timing coincided with my growing interest in writing for men. The conversations we’ve had about male sexuality have been so much fun. I’m excited about his work and delighted to be able to share it with you. I have received all the products from the Private Gym. I’ve watched the training videos for both levels of the exercise program and I’m currently reading Dr. Siegel’s book, Male Pelvic Fitness. The program is registered with the FDA and the results of the first clinical study were released on Monday.
I’m fascinated; I’m learning things about the penis I did not know. And I thought I was pretty familiar with the subject matter! Rather than try to explain, the video below is a great introduction to the exercise program.
So what’s the downside? None that I can see. Everything about the product and the underlying science is professional and based on solid medical knowledge. You have to be willing to commit to the exercise a couple of times a week for less than 20 minutes a day, they can be done in the privacy of your own home, your office, wherever.
I haven’t had the opportunity to see how the product works. I need to find a guy willing to try it out and let me see how it really works. Or do a before and after comparison!
The Private Gym exercise program won’t make you a sex god. If you’re looking to become a better lover we can talk about that at another time. But it has been my experience, as a sexual partner to a man with erectile issues, that men who feel confident about their erection show up more confidently in the bedroom. That’s a good thing for all parties. This is about sexual health and wellness. While the focus is primarily on erections there are other benefits to the exercise program–strengthening muscles helps to improve other aspects of male sexual health. Go check it out and let me know what you think. Questions you’d like to ask the guys at Private Gym? I can facilitate that, though they have a very thorough FAQ page.
*I’m not being paid for this review. I was given the products mentioned in hopes that I might write about the Private Gym. As an affiliate (I believe that strongly in the product) I will make a small amount if you purchase through a link in this article.
The scoop on Smiling Bob and why he landed in jail.