Short shorts, skinny jeans and your favorite bathing suit can all be worn proudly when you have great legs and inner thighs to show off. If your goal is to firm up your inner thighs, combining the right exercises with a well-rounded fitness and nutrition plan can get you there. And although you can't spot reduce, you can transform your legs with the right exercises.
Plie Squat with Heel Raises
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width and rotate your toes out to the sides for the plie squat with heel raises. Squat down and up 15 to 20 times keeping your pelvis tucked in and chest lifted. Then hold the squat down and raise one heel up and down 10 times before switching. Keeping the core tight, see if you then can lift both heels at the same time, holding the back of a chair for balance if needed. For added intensity, try holding light weights or a medicine ball.
Playground Ball Squats
For playground ball squats, place a playground or small yoga ball between your thighs and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the back of a chair for balance. Raise your heels off the floor and tuck your pelvis as you lower down into a squat and hold. With your chest lifted, press into the ball 15 to 20 times by contracting your inner thighs. Begin standing and squatting, squeezing the ball as you stand, or holding down for small squat pulses.
Side-Lying Leg Lifts
To perform side-lying leg lifts, lie on your side and support yourself with your elbow and your top leg bent over your bottom with your foot flat on the floor. Extending the bottom leg straight, point your toe and lift it as high as you can off the ground. From there, continue to pulse your lower leg toward the ceiling 20 to 25 times as you hold your core stable. To increase the difficulty, place an ankle weight on the lower leg or stack the legs and lift both together.
Resistance Tubing Exercises
Tie one end of resistance tubing around a sturdy pole and place the strap on the other end around your ankle. Standing up tall with the core engaged, pull the tubing across the middle of your body, leading with the inner thigh. Keep your hips straight and chest lifted as you return the tubing to the start position. Continue 15 to 20 times before switching legs. To add intensity, stand further away from the pole or increase your range of motion.
Vicki Vara has been a fitness professional for more than 15 years, working in health clubs, studios and schools. She is certified as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, holistic nutrition consultant and Pilates instructor. Vara holds a bachelor's degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware.