Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thunder Thighs

Best Exercises for Your Inner Thighs

The inner thighs have been a trouble spot for many people when they're working out. While the key to cutting fat in this area lies in cutting calories, burning fat and increasing lean muscle mass, there are some exercises that can help tone this area. Here are five of the best exercises to tone the inner thigh region.
Sumo Shuffle
This is a fun, but grueling workout that helps work the inner thighs and also has a fat burning component. Standing with your feet about shoulder width apart, shuffle to the right twice and perform a deep squat at the end. Repeat to the left. Continue shuffling back and forth, eventually getting some air between the shuffles so that they're more of a hop. Do about 25 total to start and work your way up to 50. It might seem easy but you will definitely feel it the next day.
Sitting Leg Circles
Sit on the floor with your feet as far apart as you can comfortably sit. There should be no strain at all in the legs and lower back. Place your hands on the floor in front of you and while using your bottom and your right leg to anchor your body, lift the left leg off the ground an inch or two, and perform ten circles clockwise and ten circles counter clockwise. Repeat on the other side.
Leg Raises
While standing with hands on the back of a chair for balance lift your left leg up and to the left as high as is comfortable, and return to midline, but don't place it on the floor. Repeat ten times to the left, switch legs and repeat ten times to the right.
Medicine Ball Squats
Start by standing with your legs wide apart as much as you comfortably can, then holding the ball, bend your knees to the side and lower the ball towards the floor, while keeping your back straight. Contract your leg muscles and squeeze your inner thighs and buts while rising up. Perform 10-15 repetitions working up to 25.
Resistance Lifts
Using a resistance tube you can give your muscles some force to work against and add strength. Sit on the floor, then wrap the resistance tube around the bottom of one foot, and slowly lie down, with the other leg bent. Make sure you hold the tube firmly, while moving out and moving in your leg. Do 12 repetitions, then switch sides and repeat. Be sure to move in a range of motion that does not strain your knee or hip joints in any way.
These exercises combined with a cardio and strength training routine will help to sculpt and tone the inner thighs. Keep in mind that these exercises will help build the lean muscle tone, but will not replace fat so a cardio routine and healthy diet are essential to success. But with a little work, you can kiss that problem area good-bye!


Does It Even Matter said...

Omg thanks for this post!! I have HUGE thunder thighs and whenever i loose weights its the one part of my body that never seems to change. I will def be "Sumo-ing" tonight!!! :)

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