Cutting Edge Fitness - Trainer Tutorial
Introduction for new clients: The Abductor machine
works the muscles that move the thighs outward to the side; primarily the gluteus
medius and the gluteus minimus. These muscles are very important for balance and
stabilizing the leg while walking or running.
Targets: Gluteus Medius
and Gluteus Minimus
the client (there is no seat adjustment).
- Tell the client to sit back
and extend their legs forward between the vertical pads. If the vertical pads
will make contact with the the leg at the knee or lower, install a second back
pad to move the client forward in the seat. The vertical pads should make contact
with the thigh just above the knee.
- The vertical pads should press the
client's legs together, which is where the abduction exercise should begin. But
unless the client is very large, when the legs are together out front, the thighs
will not make contact with the vertical pads. Use additional pads and optionally
10-LB weight plates to gently squeeze the client's legs together between the vertical
pads. When using both pads and plates (most often we use one of each) always use
a pad (and not a weight plate) against the client's thigh.
- Insert the
head cushion behind the client's head to make the head neutral on the spine.
Hutchins says the seat belt is important here - are we missing one?
the weight pin. If the client's foot will hit the pin when installed on the font
of the weight stack, install the pin on the back side of the stack. The weights
are not marked on the back, so kneeling in front of the machine, use your pointer
finger to trace to the back of the weight to be pinned, and use the other hand
to install the pin behind the stack.
newer clients, review the movement pattern: Use your glutes to spread your
legs as far apart as possible. Then resist with your glutes while lowering the
weights to the starting position. You should be able to open your legs a little
wider for each for the first 3 reps. When you reach maximum abduction the third
time, squeeze hard for a couple of seconds before beginning to lower the weight.
down and begin.
- keep your neck relaxed.
- Keep your
- Keep your feet relaxed.
- Keep your knees pointed
- Extend your back (press back against the back pad).
- Push down
on the handles.
- Avoid pulling up on the handles.
- Press out as
wide as you can.
- When the client can no longer move the weight
smoothly, optionally provide resistance:
On the workout log, note the total time, any weight
adjustments for the next use of the machine, and any other significant points
- Move to the left side of
the machine (there are more options for bracing yourself on that side).
one hand on the outside of the left movement arm.
- Apply resistance during
the negative phase, and tell the client that they must push as hard as they can
for 10 seconds.
Abductor machine can be used almost anywhere in a workout. The targeted muscles
provide stability for many other leg movements, but their main function is to
abduct the legs, so unless another abduction exercise has been performed, these
muscles should be good to go.
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