A few posts ago, I showed an excellent exercise to strengthen the gluteus maximus muscles. Another gluteal muscle that tends to get weak, or lazy is perhaps a better way to say it, is the gluteus medius. This hip abductor is located on the outer edges of the pelvis, and it functions to hold the pelvis upright as we stand and walk.
When the gluteus medius gets weak, it can leave you susceptible to pelvic subluxations, low back pain and even knee pain. A recent sports injury and rehabilitation study showed that knee pain and problems in runners could be helped by strengthening the hip muscles, particularly the gluteus medius.
Watch the video below to learn the best exercise–hip abductions–to strengthen the gluteus medius hip muscles.