Construction by Adduction

About the Author: Eric Cressey

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: for five months last year, I spent roughly 5-6 hours a week in a room with two-dozen cadavers. No, it’s wasn’t some sick hobby, and I didn’t live in a funeral home. Rather, I was fortunate enough to experience the marvel known as ATC 333: Gross Anatomy. Although I didn’t walk away from this class with any good pickup lines, cute girls’ phone numbers, or a newfound love of eau-de-formaldehyde, I did manage to emerge with a broader knowledge of human anatomy and, in turn, an expanded training perspective.

In particular, I realized that the hip adductors are the Rodney Dangerfields of the thigh; they get no respect. Unless one is completely shredded or…uh…dissected, it’s impossible to truly appreciate the contribution of these muscles of less notoriety and prominence to strength and physique development.

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