You got no working glutes, girl!” my instructor said loudly to a room full of people gathered around watching me with my feet on a giant stability ball, hips in the air, and hamstrings screaming.
Nope, no glutes helping out here, just my hamstrings on the verge of uncontrollable cramping.
I’m sure you’re wondering what’s going on at this point. Stick with me; all will be explained!
The scene above was from over a decade ago on the eighth day of a stretch therapy and strength workshop I took in 2010. I had volunteered to be the test subject for a glute-activation test.
Never having done this particular exercise, I quickly discovered that my glutes and my brain weren’t communicating. This was my first serious glute test, and they totally failed.
Turns out my glutes were inactive. They were asleep, snoozing… out for a catnap, and I had no idea.
No wonder my butt was saggy, and my hip flexors gripped like crazy, especially when I practiced Pilates!
How’d this happen? Why would a part of my body stop working for tasks they were made for—easy, basic stuff like walking and standing?
These questions turned into the eye-opening, glute-activating scavenger hunt that is my career.
They took me out of the world of Pilates and into the arenas of fascia research, stretch therapy, human biomechanics, restorative exercise, and Integral CoachingⓇ.
And now, after all these years learning the mysteries of glute activation and a lot more, I’m taking all of my glute-activating and hip-balancing discoveries from the last seventeen years and pouring them into my new 8-week online program, Happy Hip Flexors™—The whole-body approach to balanced hips that move with ease.
Another significant discovery I made along the way? Inactive, sleeping glutes are pretty common.
But, there’s great news about these sleepy, offline muscles; nine times out of ten, waking them up comes down to how you’re using your body and the habits you’ve unknowingly developed.
Once I understood how normal-feeling habits had put my glutes to sleep, I was able to change those habits and get super-specific with corrective exercises to wake my butt up from its slumber.
And it changed everything:
- I got stronger and more agile.
- My back fatigue stopped.
- My balance improved dramatically.
- Exercises I’d done a million times felt completely different with my glutes awake and participating.
- And my personal favorite—my butt stopped sagging!
It doesn’t matter how old you are.
Your body responds and adapts to how you use it the most, meaning, if you change how you use your body, your body can change. And it can change more quickly than you might imagine!
Registration for Happy Hip Flexors™—The whole-body approach to balanced hips that move with ease opens next Tuesday, January 26.
The program itself starts on February 8 after registration closes.
Keep an eye on your inbox for full details then.
I can’t wait to tell you more and answer any questions you have!
In the meantime, check out this new special preview of the course where you’ll learn an unexpected key to waking up and strengthening your glutes that has everything to do with the front of your hips—that mystical and often overworked and under stretched area we call your hip flexors.
Yours in balanced hips and active glutes,
P.S. Registration for my new 8-week online program Happy Hip Flexors™—The whole-body approach to balanced hips that move with ease opens in just one week. I’ll be back here on the blog on January 26 with the full details!