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Minn kGoal kegel exerciser vibrator and my Android phoneRecently my girlfriend admitted that, while fingering me, they wondered, is it possible to break someone’s fingers with a vagina?

So I’m being up front with you: that is the caliber of vagina we’re dealing with, here. That is my ridiculously toned PC muscle. That is years and years of squeezing dildos like a boa constrictor seizing its prey. I do it without thinking, because much of the pleasure I derive from dildos comes from throttling them.

Maybe I’m imagining I’m crushing men’s heads. I dunno.

This is to say that I’m not the prime candidate for the Minna kGoal,1 a pelvic floor strengthening vibrator with corresponding phone app and kegel workouts. However, I’ve always wanted an accurate measure of my vaginal strength to flaunt at the most inopportune moments — and the kGoal, thankfully, gave it to me.

On my first go ’round, I scored 9.8. Out of 10.

Such street cred.

The kGoal is comprised of two parts: an insertable squeeze bulb and a clitoral arm. Each has a motor (toggled on or off with the app), and they vibrate in response to pressure on the bulb — technology that Minna pioneered in their previous toys, the Ola and Limon. The kGoal is made with matte silicone and charges via USB, but it is not waterproof. It retails for $149. (The phone app, at least, is free.)

Over the years, various fauxnnovations have attempted to incentivize and measure kegel exercise, but it has never remotely worked. The VR1 balls were supposed to vibrate when squeezed, but didn’t. The Intensity forced my body into doing kegels by electroshocking my vaginal walls — not pleasurable. I even pounced on a set of old school pressure rods when I encountered them at a sex shop, only to discover that my champion vag couldn’t make the stupid gauge move even a millimeter.

With these as “competition,” the kGoal easily wins. The biofeedback from this toy is a revelation. There is no delay — it responds in real time. A light squeeze produces a low, barely perceptible buzz, and I only get the strongest vibration if I clench as hard as I can. Worn around the house, the kGoal informs me of all the times my PC muscle involuntarily squeezes, like when I laugh, walk up the stairs, or pick up something heavy.

I’m impressed by how much the toy latches onto me — it never budges. And the extended, broad clit arm reaches my clit reasonably well.

So even without the app involved, the kGoal is a powerful tool for measuring progress in real time. There can be no doubt about whether you are doing kegels correctly and effectively. Simply inserting the toy and experiencing the vibrational response is incentive to keep exercising — sort of like the Luna Beads on steroids.

There is much clamoring in the kGoal’s marketing about how the toy can be “customized to fit your body” because you can deflate and inflate the squeeze bulb at will, but that’s a little dramatic. The tip of the bulb is rigid and measures 1.5″ in diameter — there’s no changing that. Plus, deflating the bulb prior to insertion is not necessary for an accurate measurement, and the silver vent button is only easy to access if you don’t have fingernails. So I just keep my kGoal inflated at all times.

What does help with accuracy, though, is setting the baseline. Once it’s inserted and you’re relaxed, you quick-press the button on top of the kGoal’s arm (which should flash green). This calibrates the toy and ensures more precise measurements.

Two workouts on the kGoal app: Moving Target and Shape ShiftThe kGoal app, at least for Android, is veryyy slow to update. It has a grand total of two workouts — and I’ve been waiting for them to add the second for over half a year. The original workout, Moving Target, is a 5-minute regimen of long, intense squeezes, quick successive squeezes, and particularly challenging “controlled squeezes” which require you to follow a moving horizontal bar as it rises and falls. It’s like one of those “love meter” things at carnivals that you hit really hard with a mallet. Only your vagina is the mallet.

This workout is surprisingly difficult… and surprisingly boring. 5 minutes is a long time, it turns out! I find myself glancing at the remaining time often. “Jesus, still 3 minutes left?” “Still 2?” “1?” “45 seconds?”

The second workout, thankfully, does not induce such yawns. In Shape Shift, you open a doorway with your vaginal strength to let a variety of shapes pass through. Rudimentary and Atari-like as it is, Shape Shift is a lot more fun than Moving Target, and offers more bedside manner with encouraging words along the way.

I won’t be truly happy until I can play Pong with my vagina, though.

The app is well-designed, if a bit sterile. I prefer sterility to over-the-top cartoonish bullshit, but a little personality might be nice. Functionality is fairly basic at this point, and it looks like they just added the ability to create reminders (on the iPhone app), so that’s good. Aside from more workouts to prevent monotony, I feel strongly that there should be a social element to this app. There should be a scoreboard where you can compete with your friends, family, and the guy who makes your latte every morning.

THERE SHOULD BE A WAY TO PLAY PONG WITH EACH OTHERS’ VAGINAS.

Because I’m me, I asked some of my sex blogger friends to try my kGoal too. Aerie got an 8.1, Lorax got a 7.8, and Kate got a 6.2 (“Kate, why was your endurance so terrible?” “I kept laughing”). These are no ordinary civilians, of course, so their scores are probably higher than average. My scores have ranged from 8.6 (a bad day) to 9.9 (after jacking off).

The folks at Minna said I was the first person they’d heard of with scores that high. They tried to calibrate the scoring system so that the average test user — comprised of people at various stages in PC muscle strength — would score 5 out of 10. To increase the difficulty, they suggested I do the workout while standing up or doing squats.

Confirmed. Standing up makes the workout more difficult. But squats? Now you’ve gone too far.

The kGoal is fun, but it’s not without its issues. The toy is only splashproof, which is awkward when I go to clean the vag juice off it, and its battery life seems kind of shitty. The tip measures 1.5″ in diameter, making insertion potentially uncomfortable for the exact people who need this toy the most. It’s loud, so wearing it discreetly at the office is out of the question. The app is buggy.

And if orgasm is high on your priority list, look elsewhere. The kGoal’s vibrations are pleasant and useful, but with no way to manually the control them, they’re not sustained enough for orgasm. I only got off with this toy once, and I had to squeeze at max while pressing down on the clit arm to get pressure. The vibrations didn’t falter, thank gawd, with the death-grip I had on the toy. But a constant squeeze is tiring as fuck, not to mention impossible for a lot of people to achieve. The vibrations in the clitoral arm are buzzy, anyway — not very satisfying.

Even as a person unnaturally obsessed with the goings-on of my vagina, I would never pay $149 for the kGoal. With that price and considering its caveats, this toy is currently only worth it for a limited range of folks. It’s more for people wanting hardcore kegel boot camp — like those on a physical therapy regimen, or those who have found other kegel devices lacking. Vibrational learners. People deeply motivated by scores and progress charts.

To appeal to a wider audience and truly become “a FitBit for your vagina,” as it’s been widely reported, the kGoal needs more social features and motivational tools. For instance, according to a special badge in my girlfriend’s FitBit profile, they’ve taken so many steps they could have walked to Italy by now.

I, too, would like to work toward an achievement. If takes 500 kg of force to fracture someone’s skull, how many years will I need to diligently do kegels to create enough collective vaginal force to crush a single man’s head? Will I go to my grave without reaching this goal? I need to know.

Buy the kGoal at SheVibeGoodVibes, Babeland, Early to BedShe Bop, Come As You Are (Canada),
or directly from Minna with 10% off code EPIPHORA.

  1. I see which side they land on in the “keegul or kaygul” debate. []
  • Christina

    Thank the Heavens you put up this review! I’ve been going back and forth for over 2 months about if I wanted to pay $150 for this thing. I would love to know how well I’m doing on kegel exercises or if I’ve even doing them correctly. 150 bucks is just too steep for something that has that many buggy issues <(

  • FieryRed

    SUCH STREET CRED.

    This sounds like a fantastic start. Hope version 2 will show improvement in all those lacking areas you noted! Then I will HAVE to have one. Especially if it enables inter-vagina Pong.

  • Bex

    “It’s more for people wanting hardcore kegel boot camp — like those on a physical therapy regimen, or those who have found other kegel devices lacking.”

    Yes! Last year I was working with a physical therapist to improve my symptoms of genito-pelvic pain disorder. The biofeedback stuff I did there was so incredibly helpful to measure my progress, so when I heard about the k-Goal I was super excited because with that I could keep it up at home. It sounds like it’s pretty legit so I’d definitely pay $150 for it (fun fact: that’s also how much one PT session costs me when I run out of insurance benefits…). I wish they had a smaller version of it too, since this could benefit a lot of other people with GPPD/vaginismus – people who have difficulty with insertion – but I still think it’s pretty rad.

  • I’m in the 9’s with my kGoal too. It’s such a fun device.
    I agree with you, though, that it needs more social elements.
    Maybe Minna is worried that if it’s competitive then it might demoralize some people. Or perhaps they’re worried about privacy.
    Still they could make it so that you don’t have to share your scores.

  • Please tell me it has social media integration! I want it to update Facebook and Twitter so I can share results with my friends.

  • Nope. That’s one of the missing features I pointed out in the review.

  • SexBlogess

    Was everyone trying it out on your app or did they each download it themselves? I haven’t had any issues yet with the iOS app

  • SexBlogess

    Well, not entirely true. I haven’t encountered any BUGS yet, I was upset to learn that I couldn’t delete completed workouts (I have to scroll on the completion page to see the “delete this workout” option so at first I didn’t know it was there) so all my real scores are pit against my fooling around with it in my hands when I first got it. I would have liked to have reset it when I was done playing with it and wanted to really start using it correctly.

  • They were all using my phone. I’m sure the iOS app is fine… they seem to be prioritizing it.

  • Tzipora

    I’m picturing the day I see a Twitter post from you that basically says “Epiphora has a vagina of steel!” And probably taunts the rest of us to try and compete but alas us mere mortals have no hope.

    That and eh the diameter wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for me (and I’m assuming I’m somewhere on the realm of normal though I do have pcos so depending on what’s going on cyst wise now and again my vagina says ouch ouch no!) But only if I’m already aroused… Sounds painful otherwise (probably not bad with lube?)and yet given your description of the vibrations if I’m already aroused then eh, my greedy clit is gonna be like eh screw this (pun not intended but kinda awesome) and go for Hitachi or something. So eh… Mixed feelings on this. Like it should be something easy to use and retain without needing to get yourself aroused first but the charts and biofeedback, yeah that would motivate me for sure though I fear feeling inadequate if my numbers don’t stack up.

    It’s a shame the part that sits at your vaginal opening can’t be thinner or maybe it doesn’t need the clit arm? Because that’s what I think would be problematic not aroused. Getting it in and having a thinner portion at the opening would be fine and if it were like that I’d seriously consider it. But for that reason Luna beads and the like make a lot more sense for the intended purpose/use. But eh, maybe I’m overthinking since just having something inside and having it vibrate would be arousing so maybe it wouldn’t be an issue?

  • Tzipora

    Maybe they’ll release a KGoal 2 in the future that will be more awesome. That’s my hope, at least. And by then the app should have considerably more exercises and options.

  • AceDenise

    I would love to get a kegel exercise device, but I might not be able to fit this thing in my vagina. I can get up to about 1.5 ” in width if I regularly use a dilator to maintain that, but if I don’t masturbate or use a dilator for a week or two my vagina starts collapsing again- sorta like a black hole but a dying one, haha! And I love strong internal and stronger external vibrations, so I think I’ll pass on the kGoal, especially at this price.

    Although I would definitely consider it if it would allow me to play Pong (or Candy Crush) with my own vagina and against other vaginas… now THAT would be awesome!

    And wow, a 9.8. Your vagina is a champ. If there were an Olympic Games for that, you would be a gold medalist indeed!

  • Dannicula

    No word of a lie, last time I had sex with my ex, he actually exclaimed in pain when i started clenching on his fingers, so I’m really curious to try this. MAYBE ONE DAY I WILL MEASURE MY OWN SKULL-CRUSHING PROGRESS!

  • Heaven

    Wow this is amazing, I am not one for kegal toys I rather do them on my own but this would be so much fun to use.

  • Pluto H

    I was so confused about my KGoal score. When I read Epiphora’s review I thought ‘Wow! She got nearly 10 on her first try?! Based on reading about her vagina there’s no way I can ever match that.’ When I tried it myself though I managed a 9-10 on strength and endurance. My control kept bringing my score down but I was kind of confused about how to get a better control score. I tested it with my hand and still wasn’t able to keep my control consistently above 4-5. (shrugs)

    I actually emailed KGoal because I was so suspicious of my vagina being purportedly this strong. Greatly agree though this is a super fun and useful device. Maybe in the future insurance will cover devices like this for women suffering urinary incontinence and/or uterine prolapse issues.

  • Marlise Combe

    This is hilarious! My friends and I were talking about kegels and I sent them your review and they were in disbelief that something like this exists!

  • justsingjazz

    This is hilarious! My friends were discussing kegels so I sent them this link…they couldn’t believe that something like this exists!

  • fire

    I’m not spending $150 on this until I can play Pong with people’s vaginas.

  • Meg

    I think I need this.

  • kbharlow

    Posts like this are why I like your blog. I want to strengthen my PC muscles and have looked for the exercises to be explained somewhere but not luck. Lo and behold, there is an app for that! Sure, I have to but the associated hardware, but I’m ok with that. Most of the time I don’t know I need something till I read about it here.

  • This is SO COOL. I always have doubt about how effectively I’m doing kegel exercises, and I’ve outright hurt men with my vagina in the past. I could kiss whoever invented this nifty little gadget.
    Thanks for your hilarious and honest review and enlightening me on its mere existence.

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