So my friend Beccie made a post saying that she hates this exercise machine (aka the hip adductor machine aka the coochie popper aka the reason women don’t want to join a coed gym):
It works the muscles in your inner thighs (hip adductors.) For those of you who have gym memberships and use this machine–GET OFF IT! I am generally not a fan of exercise machines, although they have their place for reasons I won’t get into now. But if you’re an able-bodied adult with no injuries you should really do your best to avoid weight machines. Training with free-weights is just so, so much better.
A quick lesson on why free weights are better than machines:
Machines move on a fixed track. Because of this, they isolate your muscle and limit your range of motion. With free weights, it’s all you. So when you use free weights, you recruit more muscle fibers (like stabilizers, which keep you steady by supporting your joints and body while you move.) Free weights also require more balance and coordination. Because of this, the strength you develop is more functional. You use your muscles in different ways and in a wider ranger of motion than you would by using a machine.
The next time you get the urge to use the hip adductor, do a side lunge instead. It works the same muscles and is a superior exercise in my opinion. If you’re a beginner, start off by just using your body weight.
I also included a photo break down:
Now go work those thighs!