Summer is quickly approaching and the swimsuits are already breaking out. If you're looking to look lean and mean in that little bikini or your daisy dukes, you must not forget to work out those inner thighs. Not all of us are born with naturally think limbs and many of us have to put the work in to achieve toned, slim thighs! To prevent a little extra jiggle in your legs, you may want to try these 5 exercises that target your inner thighs and will have you strutting your stuff on the beach in no time.
Glider Slide Lunge
This side lunge will hit each muscle and ounce of fat in your legs. If you don't have a slider (you can find one at a local sports store), then simply grab a rag or small towel and place it under your foot. You will need to do this exercise on a slick floor such as hardwood. Starting with your legs shoulder width apart and the slider or rag underneath one foot, slide that foot outwards as you bend your opposite knee and squat into it. Once you've reached as low and far as you can, slide your foot back in as you slowly straighten the opposite leg, landing in your standing position. Complete three sets of 10 on each leg.
This exercise was found on Lucille Roberts.
Sumo squats are so simple and will surely target those inner thighs. Stand with your legs wide and your toes pointed outward. Squat down, bending your knees to where your butt and quads are all parallel with the floor. Make sure to keep your back straight and chest up. Once you've reached parallel with the floor, rise back up to starting position. To make this move tougher, try holding a dumbbell or kettle bell in front of you. Do 25 reps, 3 sets.
This exercise was found on Oxygen Mag.
Can you guess why this workout is called a fire hydrant? Regardless of how stupid you may feel doing this exercise while picturing a dog peeing, you won't regret doing it as soon as you see the results. Get on all fours (yes, like a dog) and lift your right leg open to your side and back in. Repeat 25 times on each side for 2 reps. To make the workout harder, you can wrap an elastic band around your legs for resistance, as pictured.
This exercise was found on Skinny Mom.
Plank jacks are a great workout for your whole body, but will especially target those inner thighs as they are what keeps the workout moving. Start in a pushup position with your wrists below your shoulders, back straight, and feet together. From this position you will jump your legs open to a wider stance, then jump them back in. That is one jack, you will complete 25 reps, 4 sets. While jumping in and out, be sure to keep your form (butt tucked in and back straight).
This exercise was found on Women's Health.
Kickboxing is one amazing workout that is sure to make you break a sweat. So, for this workout we're turning you into a kickboxing queen. Start by standing with your feet a little wider than hip width apart. From your standing position you will take a deep squat with your back straight and then explode back up kicking your right leg to your side while leaning towards your left knee. Bring your leg back in, landing in your squat position. Repeat your kick into squat motion in a smooth and repetitive motion, doing 15 reps on one side, then switch. do 15 reps on each side for 3 sets.