Inner Thigh Exercises

inner thigh exercises

by Nathalie Sanderson

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Dealing with soft, flabby thighs? Strengthen your inner thigh muscles with this quick workout.

Summer clothes tend to put those inner thighs on display. Whether you’re wearing short shorts, mini-skirts, or bathing suits, strengthening your thigh muscles with these inner thigh exercises will help you feel more confident when you head out this summer season.

If you’re looking to exercise this tricky muscle group, try this simple inner thigh workout to attack this common trouble spot. As always, for the best results we recommend that you combine this workout with a weight loss diet designed to reduce body fat.

Inner Thigh Workout For Women & Men

Lunges

Lunges may be a dreaded leg exercise, but just doing a few of these everyday will give you a dramatic improvement in your fitness. Your inner thighs, butt, hamstrings and core stabilizers will all get a tremendous workout. Take no more than a 30 second break between sets.

  1. Stand upright with both feet side by side
  2. Step forward with one leg until the knee forms a 90 degree angle, dropping the other leg so the knee is just above the ground. Be sure that the knee on the lunging leg doesn’t extend past your toes
  3. Step back and repeat with other leg

Beginners should do 15-20 repetitions of the exercise. The intermediate and advanced should do 25-40 repetitions.

Side Step Lunges

This is a variation of the original lunge, rather than stepping forward, you’ll be stepping side to side. This variation of the lunge further targets the inner thighs and provides a workout for your core stabilization muscles as well.

  1. Sit down into a wide squat position, with your knees parallel to the floor and your feet about 3 feet apart
  2. Step your right leg next to your left leg, and step your left leg back out.
  3. While you’re stepping, you can sit up a bit, but don’t stand all the way up – you want a constant workout on your inner thighs.
  4. Step back the other way and repeat.

Beginners should do 15-20 repetitions of the exercise. The intermediate and advanced should do 25-40 repetitions.

Scissor Kicks

Scissor kicks are a simple workout that exercise your inner thigh muscles, along with your ab and core. You’ll feel a tight pull through your inner thighs up to your abdominals.

  1. Lie on your back like you’re about to do a crunch.
  2. Put your hands underneath your butt, legs straight out above the ground and point your toes. The more you point your toes, the better the thigh workout.
  3. Do scissor kicks, alternately kicking your legs up and down with your toes pointed. Small controlled motions will be more difficult than doing larger kicks.>

Beginners should do 20-25 repetitions of the exercise. The intermediate and advanced should do 30-60 repetitions.

Figure Eights

The figure eights is similar to the scissor kick, but it’s significantly more difficult – you’ll really feel a strong burn in your thighs if you do it right. If you have difficulty with the figure eights, feel free to substitute them with more scissor kicks.

  1. Lie on your back like you’re about to do a crunch.
  2. Put your arms underneath your butt, your legs straight out above the ground, and keep your toes pointed.
  3. Pretend you’re drawing half circles with your toes. Smaller circles are easier. To increase difficulty, widen the size of the circle.

Beginners should do 20-25 repetitions of the exercise. The intermediate and advanced should do 30-60 repetitions.

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