What muscles does the Seated Abductor work?

The seated abductor is a leg machine that specifically targets your abductors (the muscles located on the lateral side of the thighs). This exercise if often performed before or after the seated adductor which targets the inner thighs.

How to use the Seated Abductor?

Start by pulling the pads to the sides (as shown in the video) so that you can sit and place your feet on the foot rests with your knees inside the pads.

Now bring your thighs back together with your knees in line with your hips. This is your starting position. Adjust the resistance.

Keep your back on the seat, brace your core (reducing your lower back arch) and place your hands on the handles.

Push your thighs out (as far as comfortable) then slowly return to your starting point (but don’t let the weight hit the weight stack).

Video demo

How to tell if you’re doing it right?

You feel it on the lateral side of your thighs. If you have to lift your bum or back off the seat then you need to reduce the resistance.