by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT
So often, therapists are prescribing some sort of gluteal exercise as they are such as integral part of stabilization during so many different movement patterns. However, the exercises commonly prescribed typically are not the most effective at targeting the muscles we desire, like the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. I know as a provider I got sucked into the world of clam shells, lateral step ups, lateral lunges, and bridges to work on gluteal strengthening not necessarily knowing the research behind it. However, the research shown in this post made me try to change my ways and incorporate more evidence based exercises into my practice. The following exercises are my five favorite exercises to target the gluteus maximus and medius respectively, based on their connection to functional activities and EMG activation.