This makes so much sense. I already knew about muscles compensating for other muscles, but this puts it in another useful context.
I always feel my glutes activate in bridge pose, a pose that’s sometimes used as a “cooldown” move. I also feel them when I’m walking on an incline, such as stairs and hills. (I’m an avid walker both for commuting and recreation, and hills make me feel out of shape.)
I don’t feel my glutes as much in squats, and even less when I’m doing that exercise in which you start in tabletop and kick straight up. (I tend to feel the latter in my quads.)