by Bret Contreras September 13, 2013
The side lying clam is a nice little glute exercise. When examining EMG activation, it elicits approximately 77% of MVC for the glute medius and 53% of MVC for glute maximus (click HERE to download a decent review paper on simple activation and rehab exercises for the glutes, but be aware that the authors erroneously compared studies that utilized different MVC positions and failed to mention the effects that ROM and position have on gluteal activity). However, you can ramp up muscle activation in this exercise by utilizing a band.
I like the banded side lying clam for several reasons:
Here is a video where I show you how I have my clients perform the movement. However, I recommend that you tinker around including experimenting with different amounts of hip flexion to determine the position that you feel works your glutes the best.
Give it a try and see if you like it!
by Bret Contreras May 01, 2014
Hi there fitness friends, I have a few random things to share with you. 1. Strength Physiotherapy Podcast A UK physical therapist by the name of Chris Lendrum recently interviewed me...
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by Bret Contreras March 03, 2014
The first rule of hip thrusting: Never make direct eye contact while hip thrusting or when someone else is hip thrusting…things can get awkward rather quickly. At this point, many...
by Bret Contreras December 16, 2013
Bilateral leg training gets all the glory. Most of us lifters love our squats, deadlifts, hip thrusts, leg presses, good mornings, and back extensions. But if you’ve never taken the...
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