This week's Muscle Monday exercise focuses on your outer hip muscles, including the gluteus medius, piriformis, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. The action is external rotation combined with abduction, in other words rotating your leg outward and opening it to the side. These are the muscles you use to create a wide straddle. At the last moment of the exercise the hip flexors kick in to pull the knee toward the head. This is a natural extension of the initial movement, but not being particularly strengthening, could be skipped altogether.
Try 1-2 sets of 5-8 reps on each side.
Visit @wakefulascentaerial for the video of this exercise and tag with your best attempt!