3. Stork Stance Vs
- Balance on one leg with your knee slightly bent and your hip slightly flexed. Your other leg should be extended slightly behind you at about a 45-degree angle from the ground, parallel with your torso. Extend your arms fully down toward the ground with your hands open and your thumbs pointed up.
- Lift your arms toward the sky focusing on squeezing your scapula (shoulder blades) together to make the movement happen, as you see here. Lift as high as you can without extending your hips or falling. Hold the leg position, but do reps extending the arms.
Basso says: “It’s a very core-centric exercise. By balancing on one leg, you’re firing the glute medius—the muscle that is essential to keeping your body upright when you’re walking and running. You’re also adding a dynamic aspect by extending your arms in the V motion, which strengthens your postural muscles.”