By far, the best hip abduction machine in the market. The only one with a 3D arc of motion and reclinable back seat to also work the Gluteus Medius

main features

  • Unique in the industry 3D arc of motion allows hip abduction, along with hip external rotation and hip extension, replicating the optimal mechanics of the hip joint and functions of the Glutes Maximus, enhancing stimulus and effectiveness.
  • Starting ROM can be adjusted to comfortable fit any individual size.
  • Knee pads integrate handles to set the ROM in a convenient manner. The handlles also allow for an “accentuated eccentric” training variation, where the exerciser can use the handles during the eccentric phase of the repetition to push them inwards and increase the challenge or resistance
  • Optimized resistance profile ensures the glutes are optimally challenged throughout the range of motion.
  • Adjustable back rest allows 7 different angle positions to vary the training emphasis on the gluteus maximus or gluteus medius muscles.
  • Increased challenged range of motion. Thigh pads can be set as close as 8 inches to avoid any gap of resistance or ROM with no resistance. Glutes can start exerting force when being completely stretched. No need to add extra pads.
  • Resistance bands can be added to overload the end range of motion or glutes shortened position.
  • Integrated weight plates storage horn located next to the loading horn to keep training space tidy and to make the loading and un-loading process convenient and time efficient.


1. Why is a 3D Arc of Motion Superior to the 1D Linear Motion of Regular Abduction Machines?

Our unique 3D arc of motion replicates the natural mechanics of the hip joint and the functioning of the glutes. The head of the femur can rotate freely within the hip socket through the combination of hip abduction with external rotation and extension. This allows for a significantly greater range of motion, enhancing the stimulation of the iliac or upper division of the Gluteus Maximus and the posterior division of the Gluteus Medius due to the external rotation component. These two divisions are highly sought after for their impact on glute aesthetics. Furthermore, this optimal movement minimizes compensation or engagement of unwanted muscle groups.

Conventional hip abduction machines (seated or standing) exhibit a 1D linear motion parallel to the floor, failing to replicate the optimal mechanics of the hip joint. This leads to early hip impingement, significantly limiting the range of motion as the head of the femur cannot move freely within the hip socket. This motion is unnatural for the hip joint and can be compared to the restricted movement of a behind-the-neck shoulder press on a Smith machine. The Gluteus Maximus is limited in its functions, unable to exert hip external rotation and hip extension, performing only horizontal hip abduction. Consequently, other muscles, such as the Piriformis or TFL, may compensate and become more engaged.

2. Standing vs. Seated Abductions: Which is Better?

Standing hip abductions are significantly inferior to seated abductions for the following reasons:

  • Stability: Standing abductions are less stable, reducing the capability to produce force and muscle tension.
  • Muscle Engagement: Quads, adductors, calves, and the core are engaged, diverting central nervous system output away from the glutes and diminishing the ability to maximally stimulate them.
  • Form and Alignment: Users are more likely to lead the movement with their feet rather than their knees (glutes), causing internal hip rotation (undesirable, as glutes perform external rotation) and misalignment of knees and ankles. This can result in the knees losing contact with the pads.
  • Momentum: Users are more likely to use body weight instead of the glutes to move the machine and generate momentum or inertia.
  • Skills requierments: Performing an isometric squat while simultaneously doing a hip abduction limits the glutes' ability to generate optimal hip abduction and requires significant skill, challenging for beginners and even intermediate exercisers.
  • Quadriceps Fatigue: This can be a limiting factor, especially for beginners and overweight individuals performing medium to high repetitions.
3. Seated Forward vs. Reclined Back Positions

The degree of hip flexion or extension influences which parts of the glutes are engaged during the exercise. A higher degree of hip flexion (seated leaning forward) engages the Gluteus Maximus more relative to the Gluteus Medius. Conversely, a higher degree of hip extension (lying back) engages the Gluteus Medius more relative to the Gluteus Maximus. Therefore, the 3D Multi Abductor allows for effective targeting and working of both the Gluteus Maximus and Medius under highly stable conditions.

4. How Does the 3D Multi Abductor Compare to the Gluteator or Similar Machines?

The Gluteator offers a similar degree of hip extension and abduction with minimal external rotation. In contrast, the 3D Multi Abductor emphasizes hip abduction with significant external rotation and a slight hip extension. Additionally, the Gluteator provides only a single working position, while the 3D Multi Abductor offers seven different working positions.