This is the smallest of the three gluteal muscles and sits underneath the gluteus medius.
Origin - Outer surface of the ilium, below the origin of Gluteus medius.
Insertion - Greater trochanter of the femur.
Actions - Hip abduction.
Internal rotation of the hip.
Innervation - Superior gluteal nerve.
Daily uses - Getting out of a car.
Example strengthening exercises - Standing abduction using a resistance band.
Example stretches - Outer hip stretch.