Resistance training is an effective way to improve your overall fitness and achieve your fitness goals. One can use cable machines to perform a wide range of exercises that target various muscle groups, making them versatile equipment. One such exercise is the cable standing leg abduction, which primarily works the outer thighs, but also engages the glutes and hip muscles. In this exercise, you attach an ankle cuff to a low cable pulley and move your leg away from the body against resistance. In this way, the exercise helps to build strength and improve balance and stability in the lower body.
How to perform Cable Lateral Abduction Raise
- Attach an ankle cuff to a low cable pulley.
- Stand sideways to the pulley system and attach the cuff to the ankle furthest from the cable.
- Take a small step away from the cable pulley while keeping your weight on the leg that is not attached to the cuff (the nearest foot to the machine).
- If you need to hold onto something for stability, do so.
- Allow the ankle to which the cable is attached to be pulled away from the machine. This will be your starting position.
- Exhale and move the weight-loaded ankle to the side (away from the machine) using your outer thigh muscles.
- Pause briefly, then inhale and return the ankle along the same path to the starting position.
- Repeat the movement for the recommended number of repetitions.
- Swap the ankle and repeat the exercise.