The Best Inner Thigh Exercises Ever


By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
7/18/2014 12:00 AM   :  13 comments   :  772,844 Views

As a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, people often ask me how to tone up their inner thighs. While certain leg-lift-style moves do target the inner thigh muscles, it is not possible to spot-reduce fat from your inner thighs--no matter how many leg-lifts you do! If you're exercising consistently and eating a healthy diet, your body will tend to lose fat all over, not just in one certain area. However, by following a well-rounded workout plan (that includes total body strength training, cardio and flexibility work) along with a healthy diet, you will gradually help reduce the amount of fat located in the inner thigh region as your total body fat percentage drops.

This video includes moves that work multiple muscles at once through large ranges of motion to help you burn more calories while you strengthen the inner thighs. Since these moves incorporate so many muscle groups, you'll burn more fat in less time! 
One more note: Don't forget that our bodies are designed to carry a little bit of fat in the inner thigh area, so please don't obsess over producing an "inner thigh gap"! Some bodies were genetically created with a natural thigh gap, but for most of us, strong thighs that may "touch" but help us squat, lunge, walk, skate and skip are healthy!
Leave me a comment below and let me know if you tried the workout! What was your favorite (or least favorite!) move?

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About the Author
Jessica Smith is co-author of the Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan (Sunrise River Press, 2012), and a certified wellcoach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Having started her own fitness journey more than 40 pounds ago, Jessica knows how challenging it can be to lose weight (and keep it off). Recently named one of Sharecare's Top 10 Online Influencers, she loves finding and sharing the latest info on weight loss, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits. The star of several best-selling exercise DVDs, Jessica has over 13 years of experience in the industry, and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Fordham University.

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    Thank you Jessica for another great workout! - 6/8/2015   10:43:22 PM
    Wow I just found this ... Jessica Smith videos are wonderful ... will try this one later today! Thank you Jessica.

    Cindy, I'm with ya! Congrats on the 10 down on WW. I started the Dr. Oz Total 10 Friday ... have been having some rough symptoms, but trying to stick with it. I'm down a couple #'s, but I go up & down by a few regularly ... too early to tell. Hubby started yesterday ... well see! - 6/2/2015   12:55:47 PM
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    Loved this video. I missed my normal workout today, and this was a great way to get my heart pumping. Saving this one to do again! - 1/19/2015   9:10:21 PM
    looks like something I will try just looking at different leg exersizes - 1/6/2015   1:31:32 PM
  • ANNE3091
    I always love the articles on your website! They are informative and useful. These exercises you have mentioned are quite nice , video explains it all. I want to suggest users that there are many easy exercises at home that are more effective then the tiring work schedule of gym. Weightloss5ws - 8/1/2014   7:21:58 AM
  • 8
    I love Jessica Smith! How awesome is the variety and quality of videos she provides free of charge?! Great option for people who can't make it to or afford a gym or studio membership.
    - 7/30/2014   3:09:19 PM
  • 7
    The email described this as "Strengthen your inner thighs and burn major calories with this 10-minute power routine." No way you're burning "major calories" in any 10-minute period, no matter what you're doing. Unless, of course, your definition of "major calories" is 30-40. - 7/22/2014   5:27:38 PM
  • 6
    I really like this workout. The curtsy even gets the glutes! Happy to see Peanut move - I thought she was stuffed! - 7/22/2014   10:57:34 AM
  • 5
    Great workout. Can't wait to incorporate this routine into my workouts. - 7/21/2014   7:34:31 AM
  • 4
    I love her! And the workout! Ditto about the lunges, working on it. How do we track this on SparkPeople? - 7/18/2014   1:20:35 PM
    I have 4 DVDs from Jessica, and they're great. But PEANUT! - 7/18/2014   9:46:19 AM
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    Just tried it. Definitely felt it in my inner thighs. Still don't like curtesy lunges due to my knees. But, I will be doing this workout again. - 7/18/2014   8:31:52 AM
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    Definitely challenging for me. I had to alter a few moves because lunges aren't my thing (yet). - 7/18/2014   8:16:53 AM

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