We do a lot of body weight exercises for the butt in my class. Lots of stuff where you are on your hands and knees and one leg is flailing around, kicking and stuff. I've seen the exercises described as "dirty dog" and we do all kinds of variations of them. They are killing my sciatic nerve. I take it that when you do these you should push out your butt and that seems to help. I also understand that it's the glute opposite the leg that is moving around that is being stressed the most. However, it's the glute on the leg that's doing all the kicking and flailing that is giving me the sciatic problems. It's like the nerve seizes up and wow, that's IT for me.
These are probably exercises I should completely skip but they really have helped build stronger glutes. I'm wondering if there's something I'm not doing right or perhaps a modification that will take the stress off. Any suggestions on how to protect my sciatic nerve?
(And please all you heavy weight lifters with your squats and whatnot, yeah yeah yeah. Save your breath. I'm just looking for ways to survive these particular exercises. The class really helps me and I enjoy it and I'm not about to drop it for heavy-duty weight lifting at this time.)
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2