The Humpty Dumpty Challenge Session #9: Abs, Glutes, and Weights

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

November 22nd, 2009 • The Humpty Dumpty ChallengePrint Print

The Humpty Dumpty Challenge session #9 was awesome!  My body felt strong and solid.  For the first time, we added weights — arm curls and movements to the side, and I did them while balancing on the ball. 

weight treeOne of the coolest moments was when I was doing bridge pose — going up, holding for two seconds, then going back down.  I was feeling some instability and pain. That’s when I really come to understand the power of the glutes:

Nina is always telling me to squeeze them, and I do, but for the first time, as I was making micro-shifts in my energy, weight, and intention, I got it that I can really power from the glute muscles — i.e., that my energy and strength can originate from and be sustained by them. 

When I really started engaging and working from my glutes, my movement totally changed, becoming strong, stable, and easy.

Something similar happened in a previous exercise – I think my squats with a ball on the wall (my back presses against the ball, as I squat down). I was feeling some weakness and playing with where I could get power and stability. I really pulled my abs in toward my spine, and voilà! I had an instant source of power and stability.


In my dance routine yesterday, I incorporated the whole ab/glute squeeze. I am still playing around with and learning about the power of these muscles and those movements. I’ll keep ya posted as I progress.

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