Welcome back to Fitness Friday. I’m happy you are here and hope that many of you find this series helpful.
This week we’ll work on the inner thigh. The best exercise that I know for this area is riding horses. Since I no longer have a horse and I doubt that you have one either, let’s try something a little easier and less expensive.
Start on your side with your hips stacked. Prop yourself up on one elbow, bend your top leg and place your ankle in front of your thigh. Hold your top leg in place with your left hand. Flex the foot on your bottom leg so that your toe is pointing forward.
At the bottom position, hold your leg above the mat so that your muscle stays engaged before you start lifting back up for the next repetition.
Complete your desired number of repetitions, then repeat on the other side.
A second version starts in a slightly different staring position. This time the top leg is bent and is behind the working leg with the toe in line with the body. Flex the toe of the working leg and then slowly lift up.
Pause at the top and then lower to the starting position being sure to keep the muscle engaged by not letting the leg rest on the mat until the set is over.
If you have a gym membership, you probably work your adductors using a machines like this. I use this machine at the gym, but I also like doing the version that I show above for the inner thigh on days that I don’t have time for a gym visit.
Thanks for joining me. I love feedback and will gladly take suggestions for exercises for specific body parts for future weeks of this series. Here’s to another week of working towards being fit in 2011!