The OuterThigh Abduction is used to strengthen the outer thigh, buttocks as well as core and stabilizer muscles. Our example is shown using the GCCO150S Cable Crossover Machine .
START by attaching an ankle strap around one ankle and attach it to the lower pulley cable. sideways to the pulley cable with your working leg opposite the weight stack and about a foot away. You may have to move farther away in order to ensure that the weight stack is engaged throughout the entire range-of-motion. Hold onto the upright for balance as you lift your working foot a few inches off the ground and in slightly front and across your non-working leg. Your non-working knee should be slightly bent, and your shoulders and hips should be square and facing forward.
Pull the working leg away from your body as far as can without shifting your torso. Pause, then slowly return to the starting position. Finish the set with that leg then repeat with the other.
Variations of this exercise include: