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Regardless of whether you workout regularly, it’s possible you’re overlooking an important muscle in your training: the gluteus medius. This muscle is found just under the largest and strongest muscle in the body, the gluteus maximus— the glute muscle that gets the most attention in the gym.

The gluteus medius, however, does a lot of work for you, too. It’s the main gluteal muscle responsible for any movements you do that involve hip abduction—so, stepping sideways—as well as maintaining hip stability—so, keeping you balanced.

That’s why I’m sharing these two exercises in this YouTube short; please watch!



Single RDL (Romanian Deadlift) into a Knee Lift with Rotation

Stand on one leg with the knee of the planted leg very slightly bent and holding a dumbbell in the hand opposite the planted leg. Hinge at the hip to lean forward while bringing the back leg up, maintaining a straight spine and hips square (so don’t lift your hip on the leg that’s lifted behind you). Bring the dumbbell as low toward the floor as possible without any back rounding—if you feel your back starting to round, you’re too low. Reverse the motion to come back to standing, and flow right into a knee lift while simultaneously bringing the dumbbell over to the outside of your hip on the side of the lifted leg.
MODIFICATIONS: For beginners and seniors, a great way to start with these is by using your kitchen counter. Place your hands on your counter, don’t use a dumbbell, and practice the movement first holding on. As you get more confident, only hold on with one hand. Next, only hold the counter with one or two fingers. You still get the strength-building benefits of this exercise while holding on.