Why focus on the knees in today’s Feel Good Friday Video? Because I believe that the secret to making the Samba bounce look good lies in the way you use your knees. You’ll get a little clue as to how, in the video today. 😉
** NOTE: Keep your glutes engaged when you do all these exercises, to support your knee joint.
Before we move into today’s knee exercises for Samba, I want to clarify a few misconceptions about the bent knee action in Samba:
- Bending your Knee in Samba is NOT the same as doing a “lunge” like in a workout.
- Bent knees in Samba doesn’t mean they are bent ALL the time. You still use alternating straight and bent knee actions.
- Just because you bend your knees does NOT mean that you are actually doing the Samba Bounce. Samba bounce without hip action is most likely just the samba bop. 🤭 YUP. You heard that right.
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And back to today’s Feel Good Friday video! We’ll first warm up our bodies with some knee circles. Pretend you’re a kid in the playground in kindergarten.
Then, we’ll move into 2 exercises to work your knee dexterity.
- Alternating Knee Circles
- Skier Knee Motion
You might also enjoy this previous SAMBA Feet & Ankles Video
As always, a reminder to listen to your body, and only do things you’re comfortable with.