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.
One 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.