It should be possible to move each leg through a full range of movement in a smooth and controlled manner, without effort or strain.
This is possible when the gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles of each leg are working together, linking to Base-Line.
They are solid support muscles that correctly position the legs to the body, aligning the hip and knee joints.
Aim for balanced contraction of both muscles, left and right sides.
In all positions.
Keeping it simple...
The superficial muscle layer of the buttocks - covering a lot of complicated anatomy prone to pain and injury.
The gluteus maximus muscles are the largest skeletal muscles of the body.
"Buns of steel" - solid rocks that should anchor your legs to your Base-Line.
Hands on buttocks. Feel these muscles contract and tighten.
Keeping it simple...
A strong pole down the front of each thigh, the rectus femoris muscles span the hip and knee joints.
Below the knee, feel for the lump at the front of your shin bone (tibia). Run your hands up over your kneecaps and front of your thighs to just below the sticking-out bone at the front of your pelvis (hip bone). This is the full extent of the rectus femoris muscle.
Aim for the whole muscle to be solid and strong.
Pulling your kneecaps up and a downward force from hips.
Move around and find positions where you can feel some connection to your gluteus maximus and rectus femoris muscles.
Try shifting from leg to leg, feeling for balance in the activation of left and right sides of these muscles. Use your Base-Line as your central reference.
This may put you in to some asymmetric positions. A leg sticking out, an ankle turned.... You are starting to feel the twists and kinks on your body when considering the rest of your body's position in relation to your Base-Line.
Work from your positions of strength, find the exercises that are easiest for you. If you are not used to using these muscles, it will take time and practice.
Walking like I'm on stilts (something I never 'got' before). Releasing my hips, little by little and gaining a bit more freedom to move each time.
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