Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredCable
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypeN/A
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abductors Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Cable Hip Abduction Instructions

  1. Set up for the cable hip abduction by attaching an ankle strap (if one is not available, a single handle may suffice) to the low pulley of a cable pulley machine and set your desired weight on the stack.
  2. Attach the ankle strap to your left ankle and stand up straight with your feet close together with your right foot closest to the machine. 
  3. You can use your right arm to hold onto the machine for stability. You are now in the staring position.
  4. Begin the movement by lifting your left leg straight out to your side as high as comfortably possible. This will lift the weight from the stack.
  5. Pause for a moment and then slowly lower your leg back to the starting position. 
  6. Repeat for the desired amount of reps. 
  7. Turn around, attach the the strap to your right ankle and then repeat with your right leg.

​Exercise Tips:

  1. Stand up straight and focus on moving only at the hip. Keep your torso as still as possible.
  2. You can eventually begin to increase the range of motion by standing further and further away from the machine. This will require a good deal of balance as you won't be able to hold onto the machine.