Two of my favorite exercises for the hips are multiplanar lunges and the single-leg squat. Multiplanar lunges are a series of lunges moving the 4 planes of motion, sagittal, oblique, frontal and transverse. To begin, stand with dumbbells in hands and feet shoulder width apart. Step forward with the left leg and go in to a lunge. Push off the left leg and return to the start position. Then step forward with the right leg and go in to a lunge position. Push off with the right foot and return to the start position. Next lunge will be at an oblique angle. To do this step outward at a forty-five degree angle with the left foot and go in to a lunge position. Push off to return to the start position. Repeat with the right leg. Next, keep toes facing forward and step out to the side, go to the lunge position and return to start position. Repeat on both sides. Finally, begin facing forward. Turn the body ninety degrees to the right as you lunge forward. Push off and return to the start position. Repeat on the other leg. Go through the series of lunges in all planes of motions five times.
The second exercise is the side-lying hip abduction. This exercise was shown in studies to be the most effective at targeting the gluteus medius muscle, which is responsible for controlling the hip. Begin by lying on your side. Lift the top leg to approximately 45 degrees and slowly return to the start position. Perform 12-15 slow and controlled repetitions. Switch sides and repeat.