MUSCLES ENGAGED Quadriceps The quadriceps (quads) are a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh. They allow your knee to straighten and provide stability when standing. Your quads are the most important muscle group for maintaining the ability to stand and to walk independently. Glutes Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body. Exercise Instructions Step 1 lay down on your side with your head supported and your top leg bent and in front of your bottom leg. Step 2 Keep your bottom leg straight and try to raise it as high as you can off the floor. Step 3 Lower your bottom leg back down and repeat.