For most women and men a inner thigh workout consists of sitting on the various leg machines dotted around the gym. Now this is ok if just want to work one area and nothing more but your are missing a opportunity to not only firm up the legs but flatten the stomach and lose body fat as well.
To do this you need to start working your legs with bodyweight and free weights exercises. This is because any leg focused movement especially with weights is going to work you lot harder due to amount of muscles involved in the process meaning you use more energy and burn lots of body fat. I will tell you this now any successful fat loss program will involve exercises where the legs are worked hard.
Leg exercises such as the squat, and lunge are also a great workout for the abdominal muscles. These muscles are incorporated as stabilizers when performing these type exercises to keep your body balanced and upright so the more weight you use the harder the abs work and the stronger and tighter they become to give you a flatter looking stomach.
So for a great inner thigh workout that burns fat and flattens the abs that you can do either in the gym or at home I recommend the following 2 exercises
A side or lateral lunge. 3 x 10 reps each leg
For this exercise begin with just your bodyweight then when you can perform it correctly introduce medicine balls and dumbbells. Oh by the way this will also work you butt really hard!.
Begin with feet shoulder width apart inhale then slowly take a large step to the side and when you place your foot on the floor bend your knee and lower yourself down with your back straight as far as you can go. Try to keep your stationery leg as straight as possible then you will feel a stretch right down the inner thigh. Return to starting position. Initially you might not be able to get that low but over time you should find that you could step out further with more range of movement and start adding weight.
Sumo Squats: 3 x 15 reps
These are best done using a dumbbell to target the inner thighs.
Here is a quick explanation for doing a sumo squat. Spread you feet wide and make sure your toes are pointing in the opposite directions so your inner thighs are facing outwards.With your weight evenly distributed hold the dumbbell at one end and with straight arms let it hang below your waist. Inhale then bend your knees and push your hips backward making sure your back is not rounded with your head up. Lower yourself down until the weight is almost touching the floor
Breathe out and slowly straighten your legs pushing your hips upwards again with a straight back and your head up. Try to keep the arms straight all the way through the motion to make sure that the thighs are being worked to the maximum.
For the best results and to reduce the chance of injury make sure you are fully warmed up and can execute correct form. If your unsure or need further help speak to a fitness professional in your gym or local area. For fat burning and a good inner thigh workout these 2 exercises are the business so try them out today.
Howard Standring is a Personal Trainer based in Marbella, Southern Spain.
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