Fabulous February: Clamshell Exercise

Earlier this week I posted my favorite stretch, today I’ve got one of my favorite strengthening exercises. It earned that designation by being super effective, easy to do, and important because it’s outside of the regular running-range-of-motion.

It’s called the Clamshell, and it’s a mainstay for dancers. But more importantly, it strengthens your hips. Stronger hips lead to better running posture (and the ability to maintain your posture longer). You should definitely start easy with this one though … if you aren’t used to isolating these muscles, you’ll fatigue quickly.

Here’s a short video that does a great job of explaining how to do the exercise in simple English and demonstrating it, once you get past the insurance disclaimer:

About Kelly Barten (1152 Articles)
I started the Run Oregon blog in February 2007, because I felt like running in Oregon and SW Washington deserved more positive coverage. I also wanted to level the playing field so that small, non-profit races could compete with big events; and to support LOCAL race organizers. I'm a Creighton Bluejay (undergrad) and an Oregon Duck (Sports Marketing MBA), and I live in Tigard with my husband and two kids. My "real job" is working for an incredibly awesome math textbook company doing marketing and production.
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