Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus: These muscles work together to abduct, internally and externally rotate your leg. They also help stabilize your hips during single leg exercises.
These muscles are imperative for maintaining appropriate position during exercises that target your Gluteus Maximus. For example, internally rotating your knees during a squat increases pressure on the knee joint. Strong Medius and Minimus muscles help maintain your thigh and knee position during these exercises.
Abduction occurs when you lift your leg to the side (as in the video below). Additionally, during the exercise below the standing leg is working to stabilize and balance your body during the abduction.
11. Warrior Split Squat: This exercise combines a Bulgarian Split Squat with a Warrior Deadlift. Start with your foot on a chair or bench. Weights are optional for this exercise. Squat down lowering your hips in an up/down motion. Press through the front heel to lift. Keeping your back straight, hinge forward at the hips to lift the leg behind you. Return to starting position.
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