As I was walking out of Kroger today, I had the strangest sensation that my butt was bigger. Not big as in knocking groceries off the shelves–just bigger. Of course I had to discreetly check out my reflection in the store window…only to find that my butt looked (un)remarkably the same as it did earlier today. Very weird.
In thinking about it (and checking a couple of times in the full-length bathroom mirror at home), I realized that what I was most likely feeling was not an increase in butt size but an increase in exercise to the butt muscles. They didn’t get much of a workout last week other than getting in and out of the car. But today at the gym, I did an exercise I don’t do very often, and I suspect that my glutes were just showing their
Introducing the Single-leg Bridge with Stability Ball:
I like this exercise. While it primarily works the glutes, the use of the stability ball works everything from the abs to the feet. It’s a great way to wind down a workout. And with luck, it will NOT make your butt bigger. (I’ll check again tomorrow and let you know.)
Speaking of workouts, I made the mistake of going to the gym at 6:00 a.m. today. Waaay too crowded at that hour with the 8-5 working folks. We were elbow to elbow at the weight rack and I had to work with only half my mat rolled out in the mat area.
With that many people, it’s difficult to follow my normal workout pattern–3 sets of 3 different exercises with a 30-60 second breather between sets before moving on to the next group of exercises. (Not sure what to call that since it’s more than a superset but less than a giant set). Anyway, it’s how I worked with the trainers and how I work out most days now. In a crowded gym, it doesn’t work so well. After twice losing my spot or machine, I skipped the third circuit and went to the mat. I’d completed lats, chest, shoulders, triceps, quads, and calves by then, so I felt okay about dropping the rest of it and filling in with a zippy 1-mile walk to round it out.
The “bottom” line is that I got back to the gym. Thursday morning I’m going either earlier or later, but I’ll definitely go. Tomorrow’s mirror check will determine if I do the single leg bridge lifts again.
Many thanks for the pick-me-up kindnesses in yesterday’s comments. You made a world of difference, and I appreciate it!