I suppose it was inevitable but it still makes me sad: The CalExotics Inspire Line has finally let me down with a product. Yes, sadly the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit simply doesn’t work for me, and I don’t think it will work for others either.
This kegel training kit is completely counter-intuitive. It feels cumbersome during use, looks intimidating at first, and actually caused me physical pain on more than one occasion. Because of this I personally couldn’t even use the kit effectively, let alone reap any long-term benefits.
At a time where the market is flooded with kegel trainer kits I was hoping that CalExotics would be able to provide something progressive (or at least on par with its competition) but, as much as I hate to say it, this kit really does feel like a step back, and it’s such a shame too.
The CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit
When viewed online the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit looks familiar yet noticeably different too. Its light pink colouration paired with its curvaceous hourglass design looks sleek and inviting. From an initial appraisal this kit seems very appealing.
Being made from silicone, the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit is non-porous, phthalate-free, and completely body-safe.
The non-porous nature of silicone makes it easy to clean and good for long-term use, which is absolutely perfect for kegel trainers. Why? Well if you’re unacquainted with the wonderful world of kegel trainers then they typically work through inserting them and doing one of the following exercises:
- Actively clenching around the kegel trainer and holding for a prolonged period of time (typically for a count of 3-10) and then releasing before repeating. During this exercise the release period is as important as clenching and the goal is to increase both the duration of the repetitions and the amount of repetitions undertaken. Start with 10 and build up to 30 over time but don’t over-exert yourself. Building muscles is a gradual process and slow and steady wins the race.
- Clench around the kegel trainer and, while doing so, lightly tug on the kegel trainer and try to keep it in place. This is a bit more intense and helps up the difficulty in a manageable way.
- Wear the kegel trainer for a prolonged period and then go about your day. Your body will naturally try and clench around the trainer to keep it in place slowly building strength. Again, it’s important not to wear the trainer for too long too soon. Go slow and know your limits.
Given that all of these methods to some degree include having the kegel exercisers in for a long period you can imagine why silicone is so important as a material.
The silicone surface of the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit is also well-suited to its task. Matte in finish and wonderfully smooth to the touch, this silicone helps keep the kegel trainer in place while simultaneously being easy to insert and comfortable on the vaginal walls. So, overall, there are no complaints with what these kegel trainers are made of from me. In fact I couldn’t be happier with this aspect of the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit as even the retrieval cord is made from silicone while still maintaining the right amount of flexibility.
Weight-wise these kegel trainers also have a very sensible progression in place. The lightest kegel trainer is 40g in weight, the middling trainer is 60g, and the last trainer is a weightier 80g. That being said these weights are about 10-20g lighter than most other 3-system kegel training kits. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing—as it makes the kit more accessible for those who consider themselves to be complete beginners or those who have very weak pelvic floor muscles—but if you are familiar with kegel trainers, already have some kegel strength, or simply want to have heavier weight options then the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit may not be the right kit for you.
That being said the weight of these trainers is, again, nothing to complain about. They’re light but that provides some variety for the kegel trainer market. So what was my issue with this kit? Well, it comes purely down to design.
Looking at these kegel exercisers what would your assumption be? If you’re anything like me you would think that the smallest kegel exerciser is the starting one, the medium sized one is just that, and the largest one is the heaviest size. Well you would be incorrect.
Turns out it’s the exact opposite and the smallest, single bead is actually the 80g trainer. Admittedly there is some logic to this. The smaller the kegel exerciser the harder it is to clench around it leading to more to a workout. However imagine being someone who is completely new to kegel trainers. How would you feel if you were suddenly greeted with the largest possible size on the first go. Granted this won’t bother everyone but I know that I’d avoid this kit like the plague if I knew that.
Size-wise I also feel like these trainers fundamentally fail. Here are the specs.:
Small exerciser – 80g
2” x 1.25”- insertable
5.5” x 1.25” – overall
Medium exerciser – 60g
3.5” x 1.25” – insertable
6.5” x 1.25” – overall
Large exerciser – 40g
4” x 1.5” – insertable
7” x 1.5” – overall
Now, I don’t know about you, but personally I think that a 4 inch long kegel exerciser is completely unsustainable for long term use. While unaroused inserting the largest trainer (the lightest weight) is actually uncomfortable and feels entirely ill-suited for my body, providing a dull ache as it sits against my cervix.
Other kegel exercisers may have a similar length but typically those are beads with a flexible neck which allows them to condense a bit during use. These trainers, on the other hand, are almost entirely rigid and so you feel the complete length during use.
The smallest trainer also has a rather pointed end which, at first, doesn’t seem like an issue but should is chose to slide down then it does poke, prod, and chafe against your vaginal opening and labia. I know this because it happened to me during an unexpectedly long car journey. The result was a special kind of hell and a very tender vaginal opening for some time after.
Now, admittedly, outside of this flaw I really can’t fault the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit. However if a training kit fails on the fundamental level of comfortable and approachable design then I personally think that’s a pretty big fault against the product.
Of course this could be personal preference, and you may like larger, rigid kegel exercisers. If that’s the case then great. Fantastic. You do you. But when I look at the dimension and design of pretty much all other 3-piece kegel training kits on the market the CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit and not in a good way. Not at all.
Vaginal health is important for everyone and a good set of kegel exercisers is an important and potentially life-changing tool. And, while I can admire CalExotics for trying to produce what they believe to be the best kegel exercisers they can this set simply isn’t up to the standards set by many others on the market.
If you’ve read my review and you’re still interested in this kit then great. You can make your purchase in confidence knowing that you’ve not only purchased a well-weighted, body-safe kit, but a percentage of your purchase will also go to the Living Beyond Breast Cancer charitable organisation (and we can all agree that’s a very good thing indeed).
However I personally cannot endorse this kit. It feels poorly designed (if well-executed), feels intimidating for beginners, and caused me literal physical pain. Overall a disappointment.
People who prefer larger kegel exercisers.
People who prefer longer kegel exercisers.
People who prefer lighter kegel exercisers.
Do Not Recommend to:
People who want a small-to-largest length/size system.
People who dislike lengthy kegel trainers.
People who prefer a flexible neck.
The CalExotics Inspire Weighted Silicone Kegel Training Kit was provided by CalExotics in exchange for an honest review.