What are clamshells?

Clamshells are a simple exercise designed to work on your gluteus medius muscle.  The Gluteus medius is a hip stabilizing muscle that must be active and effective when running.

  1. Lie on your side with your knees bent to 90 degrees- one leg stacked on top of the other
  2. While maintaining the position of your pelvis lift the top knee off of the bottom knee (like a clamshell opening)
  3. Slowly lower back down to the starting position
  4. Roll over and repeat on the other side

 

**Very important to make sure the pelvis stays in the same position- you do not need to lift your knee very high off of the other knee to achieve the desired result

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