Stability Ball Squat
- Complete two sets of 10 reps
- Progress to three sets of 15 reps
Begin the squat by activating your transverse abdominus to achieve a neutral spine position; maintain this activation throughout the squat. Keep your center of gravity directly over the bones in your rear end, maintaining a neutral spine through the motion. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and positioned far enough from your body so that your knees remain directly over your ankles in the squat position.
- Complete two sets of six reps on each side
- Progress to three sets of 12 reps on each side
This glute-strengthening exercise targets the muscle in a similar way as the clam shells, but it's a single-leg stance where posture plays a more important role. Maintain a neutral spine. If you feel the burn on the outside of the hip rather than in the gluteus medius, lean forward just a hair. Start with the glute relaxed and your non-weight-bearing hip below the standing hip. Then, squeezing the glute in your stance leg, allow the non-stance leg's hip to rise above the hip on the stance leg. Hold the position at the top for a five-second count, and return to the starting position.