Weakness of the gluteals (buttock muscles) can contribute to back pain or lower leg pain. This is due to abnormal forces loading the spine and lower leg due to imbalances.
Here are 2 great strengthening exercises to improve gluteal stability:
- Bridging – hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat 10 times.
- Clam Shells – 3 sets of 10 repetitions on each leg
Lie on side with knees bent, feet together. Ensure shoulders, hips and feet are in a straight line.
Lift top knee upward, keeping feet together.
Ensure the hip remains stable and doesn’t roll backwards.
Lower and repeat.
Repeat exercise lying on opposite side.