Abductor muscles move a body part away from the centerline of the body, e.g. at the shoulder or hip joints. However, ‘abductors’ is also commonly used as a synonym for the gluteal (glutes) or hip muscles responsible for lifting the thigh out to the side. Similarly, in weight training, abductor machines are often simply referred to as abductors.
Machines designed to train the abductors and their opposing muscles, the adductors, often have a reputation in gyms as equipment for women who want to work on their buttocks and thighs, which many consider to be problem areas. Training the abductors by stabilizing the leg axis is important, especially for the prevention of knee problems and recovery from related injuries. eGym’s abductor machine is a professional exercise machine found in the best gyms and designed to give you an effective workout.
The digital abductor machine is based on the latest fitness technology, which makes training easier, more effective, and more enjoyable. Scientifically optimized training programs and training methods ensure focused strengthening of your hip abductors.
eGym training is designed for long-term success Our exercise machines include integrated periodization, meaning the training methods and settings change every six training units. This allows you to achieve high muscle utilization for a greater increase in the strength and size of your abductor muscles with less effort.
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Our fully automatic abduction machine reliably brings you closer to your fitness goal. You can achieve this by choosing between different training programs, which each include parameterization of your training that varies based on your target. To increase general fitness, for example, you can train with a gentle increase in intensity with a medium workout duration. If you’re looking for firmer hips and outer thighs, switching between long, less intensive and short, intensive training units will be beneficial.
All eGym fitness machines are based on the innovative eGym training system, where your goal and your needs lie at the heart of your successful training.
There are many reasons why training on an abductor machine is a great idea. Abductors are important muscles that are often neglected. A high-quality hip abduction machine allows you to train this muscle group in greater isolation than when you do free exercises.
Well-trained hip abductors are required by athletes in a multitude of disciplines, as they support lateral changes in direction when playing sports. They stabilize the pelvis when walking and running and help to prevent the pelvis and knees from tilting inwards when your feet hit the group, preventing the feet from bending inwards. Weak abductors can have a significant negative impact on your running style and are a common cause of running injuries. People who play ball sports need stability, mobility, core control, and strong hips so they also benefit from appropriate abductor training.
Many athletes and professional sportspeople, especially footballers, focus primarily on the adductors in their training routines or sports themselves, resulting in muscular imbalances. Footballers who usually pass or shoot the ball using the inside of their foot often undergo excessive strengthening of the adductors, which can lead to a shortening of the inner thighs or even bow legs. It is worth using an abductor machine to counteract this. This compensatory training will build the antagonists and balance your muscle’s relative strength.
Abductor machines are also useful in physical therapy (UK: physiotherapy). Machine-based abductor training promotes mobility in the hip joint and helps to relieve pressure on the spine. Abductor training can be helpful in cases of hip dysplasia or bow-leggedness, or for people with hip or knee replacements.
With a maximum training weight of 150 kg, our fully electronic hip abduction machine is also used in bodybuilding and competitive sports for intense training to increase maximum strength.
Performing guided exercises on strength training machines is simple and safe, provided you set the machine and weight correctly. eGym abductors automatically take care of this for you.
The abductor muscles are usually not trained enough, so you should definitely start with a low training weight when you first use this machine. This will ensure you are able to perform the exercise properly and do not overload the target muscles. When you train using eGym exercise machines, your optimal training weight is determined for you via regular strength measurements taken directly on the machine, and the training weight is adapted as you progress.
Your posture and initial position on the abductor machine are key to performing the exercise correctly. To do this right, first slide your buttocks back to touch the backrest and lean your upper body against it. Ensure your back is straight and you are looking straight ahead. Your head, neck, and spine should be in alignment. Lean the outside of your thighs or knees against the padding and place your feet on the footrest. This positions both your hip joints perfectly above the machine’s rotation axis.
To do the exercise, push your legs apart in a controlled manner. A common mistake on the abductor machine is to use the force of your entire leg. You should make sure that you consciously draw the needed strength from the target muscles for maximum effectiveness and to avoid injuries. It is also advisable to stabilize the upper body while you do this by holding on to the handles at the side.
If your mobility in the hip is limited and you are unable to perform the full exercise, you can adjust the end position to suit your needs.
When you use an eGym abductor machine, your entire training is controlled digitally. This results in truly personalized workouts, which leads to faster and better results.
Training efficiency analysis after every workout allow you to analyze whether there’s been the right level of muscle stimulation or if your muscles have been effectively stimulated. No matter whether you’re down the gym or in physical therapy (UK: physiotherapy) – eGym exercise machines provide a more varied and focused workout which is simultaneously healthier and gentler on the joints.
Try out the eGym digital hip abductor machine at a gym near you. Discover just how efficient and motivating modern strength training can be.