Weekly Stretch: Clamshell

By Greg LeBlanc, PT, DPT, OCS

Running demands a lot from our bodies, especially our hips and core. This area is where most of our strength and stability comes from. Weakness and instability in these areas can lead to injury if not strengthened properly. The clamshell targets both of these important areas.


Begin by lying on your side with one hip pointing straight up towards the ceiling. Bend your knees and hips, so that your knees are at a ninety-degree angle. Your feet should be resting on top of one another and in line with your hips and shoulders.

Next, separate your knees bringing the top knee towards the ceiling while keeping your feet together and maintaining your hip pointing towards the ceiling.  Complete three to four sets until failure on both sides. Incorporating this move as part of your regular core strengthening and stability program is an effective supplemental workout.

Best of luck on an injury-free race!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Baton Rouge Physical Therapy Lake at (225) 667-6598.

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