9 Machines You Should Never Use

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9 Machines You Should Never Use

Your favorite equipment could be hurting you.

Just because an exercise looks weird doesn’t mean it’s bad. (Barbell hip thrusts, for example, look like something you should never do in a gym.) In this case, however, the seated abductor and adductor machine is both weird and bad. By forcing your legs to open and close, you put a lot of stress on your hip capsules and IT bands. A better way to strengthen your abductors and adductors is to stand on one leg: not only are you activating those muscles to keep your leg stable, but you’re also activating your core.

Use these instead:

Lateral squat
Single-leg Romanian deadlift [pictured]
Single-leg squat

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