When it comes to leg-day workouts, most fitness enthusiasts focus on exercises that target the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, often neglecting the importance of working the inner thighs. Developing solid and toned inner thigh muscles enhances the aesthetics of your legs and contributes to better overall lower body stability and balance. As a certified trainer, I highly recommend incorporating these five inner-thigh exercises into your leg-day routine for optimal results.
Sumo squats are a fantastic exercise for targeting the inner thighs. Begin by taking a wide stance with your toes pointing slightly outward. Lower your body into a squat position, ensuring that your knees track over your toes. Engage your inner thighs as you push through your heels to return to the starting position. Add resistance by holding a dumbbell or kettlebell at your chest.
Inner-Thigh Leg Lifts
Lie on your side with your legs stacked on top of each other. Lift your top leg as high as possible while keeping it straight. Hold for a brief moment, then lower it back down. Perform a set on one side before switching to the other. This exercise directly targets the inner-thigh muscles, helping to tone and strengthen them.
Side lunges provide an excellent workout for both the inner and outer thighs. Stand with your feet together, then step to the side with your right foot and lower your body into a lunge position. Ensure your knee is at a 90-degree angle, and your left leg is straight. Push through your right heel to return to the starting position, and then repeat on the left side.
Using an exercise ball or resistance band, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place the ball or resistance band between your knees and squeeze your inner thighs together. Hold the squeeze for a few seconds before releasing. Repeat for several reps to work those inner-thigh muscles effectively.