Similar to the Core Muscle Activation article we posted earlier, this research report demonstrates which exercises elicit the best muscle activation during therapeutic exercises. It also has good visual demonstrations of each exercise.
A few highlights:
-Sidelying Hip Abduction elicited the greatest Gluteus Medius activation, followed by Single Limb Squat and Lateral Band Walking.
-Single Limb Squat and Single Limb deadlift promoted the greatest Gluteus Maximus Activation.
-Notice the relatively low Glutues Medius Activation the Clamshell Exercise at 30 degrees and 60 degrees Hip Flexion despite being one of the most used Gluteus Medius strengthening exercises we have seen in the clinic. Looking at the graphs in the article, you can also find several other exercises that are much more functional than the clamshell.
Keep in mind how you would progress each of these ex