Cable Hip Abductions

Cable Hip Abductions anatomy

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Cable Hip Abductions

Standing on one leg. Your other leg attached a low pulley to your ankle and your opposite hand placed on the machine to stabilize your body :

  • Raise your leg as high as possible

This exercise works mainly gluteus medius and gluteus minimus placed in more depth. For a better efficiency, it’s advisable to do set with high reps until the sensation of burns.

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Abductions anatomy

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Stretching Of Gluteus Maximus And Hamstrings

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Lie on your back with your legs stretched out on the floor :

  • Bring gently to your torso one leg with the knee flexed. This is help relax hamstrings with the help of your hands.

  • Maintain this position by breathing slowly and trying to really feel the stretching of the gluteus maximus muscle.

  • Back to the starting position and change of leg.

Variant

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It’s possible to make this movement by bringing back to your torso a leg with the knee in extension. The stretching will be more intense on hamstrings and less on gluteus maximus. For some people, the tension of hamstrings will limit the flexion of the hip.

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Floor Hip Extensions

floor hip extensions

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Kneeling on one leg and the other under the torso. You’re resting on your elbows or on your hands and your arms outstretched :

  • Tuck your opposite leg under your chest

  • Move your tucked leg to the rear until your hip is fully extended.

floor hip extension

This exercise performed :

  • Outstretched leg works hamstring and gluteus maximus

  • Flexed leg works gluteus maximus in a less intense way

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This movement can be worked with a large amplitude or a small amplitude in the last part of the extension. You can maintain a contraction 1-2 seconds at the end of the movement.

For more intensity, it’s possible to use soft weights your ankles. The ease of execution and effectiveness of this exercise.

This exercise is very easy to perform and gives good results. It has become very popular and is often use in aerobics classes.

floor hip extension

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Machine Hip Extensions

machine hip extensions

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The torso tilted forwards with your hands on the handles. You’re standing on one leg and the other is slightly forward with the pad placed under the knee joint at mid-distance from the ankle :

  • Inhale and move your thigh to the rear until your hip is fully extended backward (hyperextension).

  • Keep the contraction in isometry for 2 seconds and return to the starting position

  • Exhale at the end of the movement

This exercise works mainly gluteals and a little bit semitendinosus, semimembranosus and biceps femoris long head.

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Cable Back Kicks

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Standing in front of the machine with your hands on the handle. Your pelvis tilted forward. You’re standing on one leg and the other connected to the low pulley :

  • Tilt your pelvis forward

  • Bring your leg back

The extension of the hip is limited by the stress placed on the iliofemoral ligament, also called ligament of Bertin.

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This exercise works mainly gluteus maximus and a little bit of hamstrings with the exception of biceps femoris short head.

This exercise allows you to develop shapely legs while increasing muscle tone to your gluteals.

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Good Morning

good morning leg exercise

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Standing with your feet slightly apart. The barbell put on your trapezius or lower on your posterior deltoids :

  1. Inhale and bend you torso forward to the horizontal with your back straight, the axis of flexion passing through coxofemoral joint.

  2. Back to the start position and exhale.

It’s possible to make the movement easier by bending your knees.

This exercise works glutes (gluteus maximus), all spinal muscles and hamstrings (except the biceps femoris short head). Besides the knees flexion, hamstrings have the function of retroversion of the pelvis, which allows to straighten the torso. This action performed when the torso bound by isometic contraction to abs and sacro-lumbar muscles.

To have better feeling on hamstrings, it’s advisable never to work with heavy weight. In negative phase, « good morning » is excellent for stretching the back of the thighs. Work regularly the negative phase of the « good morining » helps prevent injuries to hamstrings during the squat with heavy weight.

good morning leg exercise method straight bent leg

  1. Legs stretched while your torso leans forward, extends hamstrings. This make is easier to feel sensations of hamstrings when you straighten up your torso.

  2. Legs bent while your torso leans forward, relax hamstrings. This facilitates flexion of hip.

good morning leg exercise method straight bent leg

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Adapt Your Training To Your Morphology (Part 2)

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Legs

Improve your squat position

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To reduce the lower back’s effort and limit the hamstrings tension, it’s possible to do like powerlifters by putting the barbell on posterior deltoids.

This technique decreases the cantilever and increases the power of lifting from the back. This allows you to lift heavier weights.

By using powerlifter of weightlifting shoes (solid raised heel) or a wedge under the heels, this reduces the cantilever by having the buttocks not too back by the advancing knees. This allows for greater amplitudes with the thighs flexion.

With that, we feel better the quadriceps work by limiting the torso’s inclinaison and the work of the gluteus maximus and spinal erectors.

The low barbell and raised heel combination allows you to lift heavier weights. This technique is recommended for rangy people and people with stiff ankles to correct their positioning at squat.

Front squat to target quadriceps

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Front squat limits the torso’s inclinaison. This has the effect of reducing the work of the lower back, decrease the tension of hamstrings muscles and adductor magnus muscle.

On the other hand, front squat increases the cantilever, which forces quadriceps to make more effort to extend the thigh on the leg.

Which means it’s the perfect squat for thighs. But it’s not possible to lift heavyweights like the classic squat and it’s recommended to do it with heels elevated for better stability.

For rangy people, front squat is very hard to do. The torso of rangy people is more inclined, which make it more difficult to hold the barbell which may fall forward during the execution of the movement.

Spread the legs to less incline the torso

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There is a squat’s technique to limit the torso’s inclination. This involves spreading the legs with the feet outward. Some powerlifters do this technique with the legs almost wide apart. With the legs apart, this limits the legs flexion.

To be able to squat with the legs apart, it’s necessary to have an adequate bone conformation of the hip joint and to be flexible of the thighs adductor muscle. Which means, it’s a technique that can’t be used by everyone.

The advantage of the big belly

anatomy body squat morphology knee big belly

Having a big belly for squat and deadlift allow to compress it against the thighs. This helps to limit the inclination of the torso and the back’s rounding. This has the effect of protecting the lower back and limiting the risk of herniated disc.

It’s for this reason that we can see a lot of heavyweight champion of powerlifting or weightlifting with a big belly. They take care to keep their belly fat with an excessively rich diet.

Different forms of knees

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In bodybuilding, it’s important to take into account the different morphologies of the individual and especially for the knees.

Arched legs (genu varum) are not more risky than normal legs. For people with X legs (genu varum) or people who can overly extend the thighs (genu recurvatum), it’s often recommanded to not do leg exercises with very heavy weights.

Cases of genu valgum are often :

  • In people who were overweight during their youth when leg bones weren’t fully developed and still « malleable ». Legs are deformed because of the overload. Now, they have this X shape.

  • In women. The fact that women have wider hips to have children, this influences the femurs direction which are generally more inclined.

For people with genu valgum. If the genu valgum is to excessive, the joint would be overused. The medial collateral ligament would be extremely tense. The lateral meniscus, the articular surfaces coated with cartilage of the external condyle of the femur, and the external lateral tuberosity of the tibia would be subjected to excessive friction, which would cause pathologies of wear.

For people with genu recurvatum. These are people who are essentially very flexible named hyperlaxes or women whose muscular and ligamentous hyperlaxity is related to reproductive function.

Rarely pathological, knees with genu recurvatum can sometimes have some problems like the meniscus pinching. This can happen when the knees are rapidly expanding and the meniscus haven’t had enough time to slip, or during an exercise with a heavy weight that has forced the hyperextension of the thigh.

It’s for this reason that it’s recommended to people suffering from a genu recuvatum pathological never to totally block the knees at the end of extension to the squat or to the leg press.

Note

For 2 people who are the same size, it’s important to consider the torso-leg ratio.

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Type A :

People with proportionally long legs and a short torso will have trouble doing a proper squat without tilting their torso excessively forward.

On the other hand, the short torso (which limits the cantilever) facilitates the execution of the good-morning, classic deadlift and Romanian deadlift.

Type B :

People with proportionally short legs and a long torso will have the facility to squat safety without tilting their torso excessively forward. It’s for this reason that the great champions of powerlifting squat specialist have this type of morphology.

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