Gym Weight Circuit - The Outer Thigh Video

In this video series, 'Circuit Exercise Training,' group-x director/ personal trainer, Margie Weiss, describes the various 'pieces of equipment' used to strengthen and tone the major body areas people need to work.
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Margie Weiss: I am Margie Weiss, and this is circuit training. The machine we are working right now is called an abduction machine, otherwise known as outer thigh. We work this in complement with the inner thigh machine. What we do here is we have the weight, the knees in so that the weight stack ready to go as she opens her legs to the side. Depending on how wide her thighs are we have a handle here that can determine how far the legs can go. She takes it only as far out as she can and then she returns it slowly. Her belly button is to her backbone; her shoulders are slightly rounded, just so she is hollowing the back, so that we make sure that we don't initiate the motion with her lower back in an arch position. So, she is breathing and controlling both the out and the in, working the outer thigh here as she goes out and in. I would suggest doing maybe 10-20 of these repetitions, if you got so that you can do 25 or 30, you may want to up the weight that means to take your stack and add a little bit more weight to them. At the end of the inner and outer thigh, probably going to feel like you may want to stand up and stretch by shifting the hip to one side then shifting the other hip to the other side. As she gets out of the machine, if she needs to spread it wider she can always lift up on the handle so that she can step through to return to a standing position.

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