Every woman who's had a child knows about them. Most likely their husbands know about them too. We're talking about an exercise that focuses on a specific area. Yeah, I know we're not supposed to do that in CrossFit, but here we are talking about it.
Kegels help strengthen the pelvic floor, which is a combination of muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support the organs of the lower abdomen and stabilize the pelvis. A strong pelvic floor is critical in maintaining midline stability and a tight core. The pelvic floor can become weak through child birth, inactivity, and chronic coughing. Many, many women are reluctant to jump rope or box jump because of a weak pelvic floor, which can lead to incontinence.
Here is a good article from the Mayo Clinic on how to perform Kegels for women, and here's an article for men regarding Kegels. Either article might be of benefit to you, inside the gym and out!! The beauty is that you can perform these exercises at any time ... no one will know you're doing them!
Amanda with a nice overhead squat!