The gym is a workout junkie’s paradise, full of machines that can keep out bodies in tip top shape. But not all workout machines are created equal.
Two machines found in the gym that seems to be pretty popular, especially with the ladies, are the hip abductor/adductor machines.
These machines, in theory, are supposed to help you tone muscles like your quads and glutes, but in reality it is definitely a machine worth skipping.
Why should you skip it you ask?
Well first off using these machines doesn’t replicate any real life “functional” movement, meaning it’s not a movement that replicates anything you do outside the weight room.
So what workout can you do instead?
Try doing more bodyweight exercises instead. To work the same muscle groups the hip abductor/adductor pretends to work, you can do more effective workouts like lunges, bridges and planks.
These moves don’t take a lot of weight, won’t put too much pressure on your knees and back, and will work the same muscles (quads, hamstrings and glutes), including your abs.
What machines do you skip in the gym? What workouts do you do to replace them?