The quadriceps is one of the largest muscle groups in the body. The quadriceps muscles are important, as they help in compound movements, which are necessary for maintaining symmetry with the hamstrings. The inner thigh muscles are used for knee extension and hip flexion. Therefore, intense training is necessary for this muscle group. This write-up mentions a number of inner thigh exercises to get rid of fat or strengthen and tone up these muscles.
These exercises can be done at home or in the gym. One can make use of weights to do these exercises, if one has them handy. Do not worry, if you do not have weights, as the results will be the same nevertheless. While you are doing these exercises, if you feel any kind of pain around the knees, stop doing it immediately. It may mean that you are not doing it right. Having said that, let's take a look at the best exercises which target this common trouble spot.
Looking at the name of this thigh exercise, you will wonder, how is it different from the regular squats. The placement of the feet in this exercise is different than in the regular squats. To do this exercise, place your feet a little wider, than your shoulder width. This will shift pressure from your lower back to your legs. Slowly bend your knees, till your thighs are parallel to the floor. You should feel the pressure on your quadriceps and not on your knees. Hold the position for a few seconds, then slowly come back to the starting position.
One of the effective exercises, it works both the inner as well as the outer thighs equally. To do this exercise, step your right leg in front of you, but to the left side. Now slowly bend your knees and go down, till the left knee is about to touch the floor and the right thigh is parallel to the floor. Slowly come back and repeat the exercise with the other leg.
Wide Angle Squats
This is the best exercise for inner thighs. Again the placement of the legs makes all the difference. In this exercise take a little more than shoulder width distance between your feet and point them outwards. Now slowly bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds or as long as you can bear and slowly come back to the original position. Repeat the same process 10-12 times.
All you will need to do this exercise is an exercise mat. Hence it can be done at home or anywhere else. Lie on your side and use your palm to support your neck. Fold the leg below and straighten the leg on top and draw small circles using the leg on top. Repeat the leg exercise 10 to 12 times on one leg and follow the same on the other side.
This is one of the simplest thigh slimming exercises. It not only helps in fighting inner fat, but also tones these muscles. Sit on your mat and place your legs such that the soles of your feet touch each other. Hold your feet and try to pull them closer to your groin. Now slowly move your legs from the base of the thighs towards the floor and slowly bring it up again. The action will represent the movement of the wings of butterfly. Repeat the exercise 10 to 15 times.
These were some of the simple inner thigh exercises for men. These can be done with the help of an exercise ball as well. However, make sure you do some warm up before doing these exercises. If you do not warm up well, then there are high chances that you may injure yourself. Apart from these exercises, including walking in your daily routine to help strengthen the thigh muscles.