Winter is on its way out, so if you’re anything like me you’re already getting excited for all the summer fashion about to launch… but you know that can only mean one thing…. legs on show!So many of us want strong, toned legs but from all of your feedback and questions, the one area that’s hardest to trim are inner thighs. So I went back to my PT days and pulled out some old faithful exercises to help give you strong, toned, lean thighs ready for summer.
Best part is, you can do them all at home without a gym membership. WInner
This little twist on the regular bridge exercise will help tone up your inner thighs.
Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet hip distance apart. Place a pillow, ball, toning ring, Back Inner Thigh or folded towel between your knees.
Push up into bridge position. Keep those ribs aligned with your pelvis.
Without raising or lowering your pelvis, slowly squeeze your pillow 20 times. Lower the pelvis and bring your knees to your chest to round and relax your back.
Repeat twice for a total of 3 sets.
This may bear some resemblance to Jane Fonda’s workout vids from the 80s, Back Inner Thigh but this exercise has been a staple of the Pilates mat repertoire for decades. Because the knee is straight, you’ll be working all the muscles of the inner-thigh!
Lying on your side, lengthen your bottom leg and cross your top leg over it. Prop your head up with your hand, or rest it on your arm.
As you exhale, lift your bottom leg up, and inhale as you lower it back down. Your core should remain still.
Complete 10 reps, and repeat on other side.
Side lunges are a great twist on the standard lunge. While working your outer and inner thighs, they also work the major muscle groups of your hips and glutes! Start with your body weight, and then add dumbbells for a challenge.
Holding a pair of dumbbells, Back Inner Thigh stand with your feet and knees together.
Take a large step with your right foot to the right side and lunge toward the floor.
Make sure your right knee does not extend past your toes and keep your left leg relatively straight.
Push off through your right foot to return to the start to complete one rep. Do three sets of 10 reps on each side.
Like the standard squat, your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves get a lot of attention with plie squats. BUT, the extra focus on your thighs in the pile squat will really work that inner thigh area! If you want to take it further, adding the weight of a dumbbell to the exercise increases the resistance applied to those areas of your body while making your core muscles help balance the added weight you are holding in front of your body.
When standing in the normal squat position, rotate your feet so your toes point away from your body. This places your feet at roughly 30-degree angles to your body, which is the same foot position as the ballet plié squat.
Hold one end of a dumbbell with both hands. Allow the loose end of the dumbbell to face the floor as you lower your body during the squat. Remember to keep your back straight as you raise and lower your body.
Start with five squats and progress by adding more reps each time you exercise.