Clamshells: Muscles Worked & Technique

Clamshells exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Clamshells

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Clamshells

  1. Lie on your side, with your legs bent at about a 90-degree angle.
  2. Tuck your pelvis in to properly activate your glutes.
  3. Lightly brace your core and lift the upper leg by using your glutes. Lift as high as you can while maintaining contact with the glute muscles.
  4. Lower the leg in a slow and controlled motion, and repeat for reps.

Commentary

Clamshells are commonly used to activate the abductors. They can be made more challenging by putting a band over your knees. Focus on contact with the glutes through the entire movement!

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