Weakness in the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius is often cited in contributing to patellofemoral pain, hip pathology and even back pain. Lateral bridges (planks) have been shown to be effective ways to strengthen the gluteus medium and maximus. This particular exercise focuses on an isometric pillar bridge, while introducing a dynamic movement for the top leg. I like this for athletes, runners and patients struggling with poor hip and single limb stability.

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