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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2 Unusual Inner Thigh Exercises For Women That Burn Fat and Tone the Legs

When looking to tone and tighten the inner thigh area many ladies will opt to use the machines in the gym. Now this is ok but I think you are missing a great opportunity to not only tone your legs but also burn body fat and flatten your stomach.

To do this you need to focus on inner thigh exercises that include movement and resistance. This is because free movement leg exercises involve many more muscles apart from those in your leg. This makes you work much harder creates a stronger tighter body and burns lots more energy in the form of body fat. A great combination in my book!

That said here are 2 fantastic exercises for inner thighs that can be done at the gym or at home that will work wonders not just for your legs but your whole body.

Lateral lunges with touchdowns 10-15 reps each leg
As this can be quite a tricky exercise to perform I would advise starting just your bodyweight then progress to medicine balls or dumbbells. Word of warning these will work your butt hard and have you sweating in no time.

From a standing position take a large step to one side and then bend your knee and try to touch the toe of your outstretched foot. Then return to the start position.Your back and stationary leg should be as straight as possible and your head up throughout the movement. If doing this for the first time there is a good chance you won't be able to get low enough to touch your toes so just go as far as you can. Over time you will be able to get lower as your flexibility and strength improve. Once you can touch your foot with your hand for ten to fifteen reps on each leg try holding a medicine ball or dumbbell for more intensity.

Wide Stance Squats - 10 -15 reps 
In my opinion to make this a more effective inner thigh exercise I would hold a dumbbell, kettlebell or medicine ball.  NB: Never let your knees go past your toes.

To perform this movement correctly stand up straight with your legs wide apart and your toes pointing sideways. Your body weight should be evenly distributed between both feet. Hold the dumbbell or whatever you are using below your waist with arms straight and relaxed. Breathe in then bend your knees and lower the weight if possible so it almost touches the floor. As you do this push the hips backwards and try to keep your back straight and your head up looking forward.

Then breathe out slowly and return to the starting position taking care to maintain the same form throughout the movement.

To ensure you don't incur any injuries please ensure that you have done a thorough warm up before doing these exercises.

For maximum results I like to do these inner thigh exercises as part of total body resistance workout followed high intensity interval training. This will not only ensure your legs look amazing but the rest of your body does too

As this can be quite a tricky exercise to perform I would advise starting just your bodyweight then progress to medicine balls or dumbbells. Word of warning this will give your butt a great workout as well.

I am Howard Standring a Personal Trainer who lives in Southern Spain. I coach and advice men and women of all ages to help them achieve a lean attractive body that lasts for life.

For more workouts, advanced fat loss tips and muscle building advice to look like a Hollywood star or fashion model visit my blog http://www.energiafitness.com/.

Article By: Howard Standring

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