5 Exercises That Strengthen Inner Thighs
Everyone wants a flat tummy but some highly ambitious women also want to change the shape of their inner thighs :P. In order to achieve this many women turn to inner thigh exercises to get the area toned up. This is primarily done so that they can get into the dresses they love to wear!
Spot reduction is indeed a myth but one has to exercise the inner thigh, it is not just for women. Exercising the inner thighs is important for both men and women.
If you add a few inner thigh exercises to traditional exercises like lunges and squats, it will balance your lower body workout. Each inner thigh exercise strengthens the inner thigh muscles along with developing core strength, balance and stability.
1) Weighted Inner Thigh Lift
This exercise is like the classic exercise with a twist. In this version, your non-lifting leg is used as an added load thus challenging the core more.
Lie down on your right forearm keeping your left hand behind your head. Extend your right leg out and place your left foot on top of your right inner thigh. Make your right leg hover slightly off the floor and keep it loose and bent. Now lower the right leg and lift it. Complete fifteen reps and switch sides.
2) Supine Inner Thigh Lift
This exercise may look simple but it is challenging to your core.
Lie down on your back with your hands by the sides and legs raised to the ceiling with the feet flexed. Keep your left leg lifted towards the ceiling and lower your right leg out to the side as far as possible without letting the left hip rise from the floor. Bring your right leg up again and squeeze both the legs together when they at the top. After doing 15 reps, switch sides.
3) Standing Inner Thigh Lift
This exercise has been inspired by ballet. It works the inner thighs along with improving body’s balance.
To do this, stand on the left leg, with the right leg out on the side, keeping your right toes touching the ground like how it is done in Ballet. Bend the knee and lift your leg up and across the midline, reach your left hand towards the right ankle. Bring the right leg back to the starting position. Do 15 reps and then switch legs.
4) Plie Walk
Time to speed up!
For this exercise stand with your feet wide with your toes and knees pointed out. Lower yourself down to a squat position while keeping the spine straight and the chest lifted. Starting with your right foot, remain in low squat position as you walk two steps forward and then walk two steps back. Do this for 30 seconds. Rest for a while and repeat the exercise for 30 secs with the left foot first.
5) Criss-Cross Plie Jump
This exercise is great for the entire lower body. The focus is still on the inner thighs.
You need to stand with your feet wide with knees and toes pointed out. Lower down yourself into a squat. Jump the legs together, crossing the right leg over your left one. Jump again and switch the legs, now crossing left leg over the right one. Do this exercise for 30 to 60 seconds.
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