We have already put together several guides on fitness equipment for legs and we still continue, this time with a list of the best leg abduction machines for home gym. You might have stumbled on this kind of machine in your local gym, but people don’t usually know that you can also purchase it for a reasonable price either online, or via local retailers.
Leg abduction machine is quite different from the most leg exercise machines, simply because it is designed to increase the strength of the hip abductor muscles, specifically luteus medius, gluteus minimus and fasciae latae and that is not the case with the rest of similar machines.
The purpose of abductor muscles is to move legs away from the body (this is the opposite of the adductor muscles, which are designed to push muscles toward the midline) and they are also responsible for rotating the leg at the hip joint. This also helps leg stretching, which is very useful at yoga, martial arts and gymnastics.
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Okay, I Want the Machine. Which One Should I Get?
I’m glad that you asked. In recent years several fitness gym equipment manufacturers have started producing leg abductor machines and we have taken the liberty and several hours of our lives to scour the market for the 6 very best ones.
So without further due, here are the best leg abductor machines on the market. Please note that the machines in the list are in no particular order.
1) Popsport Pro Leg Stretcher
The very first on our list comes in black and red color and is manufactured by Popsport.
The frame of the machine is made of heavy duty steel and supports 330 lbs (149.7 kg) of weight. It comes with an adjustable & padded seat. The backrest and leg rests are also padded. The leg rests are on steering wheels and the included self-locking turning wheel you can have comfortable and controlled leg stretch.
The assembled dimensions are 33.5(Length) x 16.3-55.1(Adjustable Width) x 15(Height) inch (85 cm x 41.4 – 140 x 38.1 cm) and the weight is 36 lbs (16.3 kg).
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
2) FIGROL Leg Stretcher Leg
Our list continues with a leg abduction stretcher manufactured by FIGROL.
Design of this abductor is quite different from the first one. First of all, it is basically a stretcher, not a machine, but a really good one. The material used is tubular steel with EVA foam grips and the entire machine has non-slip design.
The machine is adjustable in length; each pole comes with 5 holes, which can be adjusted according to one’s preferences. The pull is up to 180 degrees.
The foam handles and leg pads are comfortable and will not hurt / scratch your feet. The inner rubber has also non-slip design.
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
3) Century Portable Leg Stretcher
Another leg abduction machine with a different design than the first two, this one is manufactured by Century.
This lightweight and portable leg abduction machine is similar to our 2nd stretcher, yet a bit different. The leg holders are not just foam handles but rather U-shaped holders attached to the legs. The frame is made of sturdy steel and while it looks lightweight, it’s not really that lightweight.
Thanks to the 3-leg design it can be easily stored. It can also be mounted on a wall to save space, but when set, it should be used on the flat surface only, though. The machine does not have a backrest, but several users reported that it can be used while supporting your back against a sofa.
The pulley on the rope has a locking mechanism, so you can lock the stretched position, if you want to. This design is actually something between the 1st and 2nd stretchers on our list.
The manufacturer offers 90-day warranty and the weight of the machine is 27 lbs (12.2 kg).
Our rating: 4.8 / 6
4) ProFlex Stretch Machine
Let’s check something more complex and near-commercial quality – leg abductor manufactured by ProFlex.
This high-quality steel machine is great for people who desire maximum abduction results. The key difference with this and other machines on this list (so far) that you are not sitting on the ground, but on a padded seat and the entire machine rests on steel legs.
Besides padded seat pad there is also a back-pad which fully supports your back. The vertical steel leg is set in front of you with the hanging bar. With the use of the bar you can stretch the entire body in comfortable way.
Proflex provides video links for instructions and assembly and also offers 3-years warranty for the entire machine.
Our rating: 4.8 / 6
5) EverStretch Door Leg Stretcher
Another machine (well, this is more of a tool) on our list of the best leg abduction machines is a door leg stretcher manufactured by EverStretch.
Okay, okay. I know this might not be a machine, but rather just a …strap? Well, I felt obligated because technically, it is one of the best leg stretchers on the market. This strap uses anchor that is put over a sturdy door post or bearer, then pull the strap over the bear ring and you are ready to start stretching.
The 150g cotton strap is high quality, it slides through 6mm solid metal ring and the metal plate in the door anchor is foam-padded to prevent damaging the door.
EverStretch really stays behind their products, as they offer life-time warranty.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
6) Body-Solid Inner & Outer Thigh Machine
Last, but not least fella on our list of the best abduction machines is manufactured by Body-Solid.
It wouldn’t be a list of we didn’t include a machine with an included weight stack. This particular machine is designed to use weights for both, leg abduction and adduction exercises. The weight stack included is 210 lbs (95.3 kg).
The padded seat and back-pad are adjustable with 5 adjustments, thus accommodating users of all sizes. The no-cable design with the combination of swivelling knee pads provides convenient and comfortable exercise.
The machine also includes side stability handles for best positioning. This is a heavy-duty machine that takes a bit of space and weights a lot, but it’s of great quality.
The assembled dimensions are 67 x 69 x 74 inches (170.2 x 175.3 x 188 cm) and the weight is 441 pounds (200 kg).
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
Summary on the Best Leg Abduction Machines
With that, ladies and gentlemen, our guide on the best leg abductors is finished. As you can see, we have included several different designs with specific ranges of motion.
It is up to you if you would like to have a fully-flagged commercial leg abduction machine, or if the strap stretcher is good enough for you. Don’t forget to skim through the features and pros and cons, so you won’t miss some detail that would prevent you using your chosen machine. Best of luck.