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Shrink Inner Thigh Fat Fast With These Productive Exercises, Trainer Says

A celeb trainer and pro ballerina weighs in.
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There are plenty of reasons why leg workouts should be a priority. Strong legs make it easier to tackle physical activities like walking, running, and cycling for both short distances and longer stretches. Having strong, sculpted legs can also improve your balance, reduce joint issues, and prevent both pain and injuries, among other benefits, according to Healthline. Beyond that, strong legs have even been connected to brain health as you age, per Jumpstart by WebMD. Of course, there are various parts of your legs you should be sure to focus on so that your lower limbs are in the best shape they possibly can be. That means along with invigorating your calves and strengthening your knees, you may also want to shrink inner thigh fat and tone them.

You may be surprised to learn that dancers are less likely to experience fatigue than athletes. The broad training and consistent practice that dancers go through from early on is linked to greater endurance. That's why Mary Helen Bowers, professional ballerina, founder of Ballet Beautiful, and celebrity trainer let Eat This, Not That! in on some of the most effective exercises for those who want to shrink inner thigh fat fast. Bowers has worked with stars like Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan, as well as Tracee Ellis Ross and Miranda Kerr. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.


Bridge for Inner Thigh

woman doing bridge exercise on yoga mat at home

The professional ballerina shares the best exercises for your thigh workout routine. Following this regimen will provide results in no time. As with any workout plan, you will have to stick with it to achieve your end game.

Bowers explains starting a bridge for the inner thighs involves first lying down on a mat, flat on your back. Position both your knees and heels together. You'll then want to pull in strong through your core and either keep your feet flat or raise them up to demi-pointe. From there, open your knees while also lifting your hips up before lowering yourself back down to the mat. Perform 4 sets of 8 reps, two to three times a week.

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Inner Thigh Leg Lifts

woman doing leg lift outside on sunny day on yoga mat

Start out by lying down on your mat once again. You'll want to pull in strong through your core as you did for the previous exercise, according to Bowers. However, this time around, the next step is to "lift both legs up, opening slightly through the hip, [and then] stretch long through the knees." Next, Bowers instructs, "Open the knees, then cross close crossing one leg over the other, switching the bottom leg each time."

Perform 4 sets of 8 reps, two to three times a week, and you'll surely find your thighs getting stronger while the fat melts away.

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Classic Inner Thigh Exercise

woman on yoga mat performing exercise, shrink inner thigh fat fast

Begin this movement by lying down on the mat and pulling in through your core. Bowers says to then "bring the top knee up and open, placing your foot on either on demi-pointe or flat on the mat, in front of or behind your bottom leg." If you find this uncomfortable to do, Bowers notes that you can instead try dropping your knee down so that it's in front of you. "Stretch the bottom knee long through the toe, lower, and lift for 4 sets of 8 reps," Bowers continues. You can then switch over to the other side and do the same amount of sets and reps. Perform this exercise two to three times a week.

Want to take things up a notch? Bowers suggests something that's ideal if you're game for the challenge, noting that you can incorporate a set of 1 to 2-pound ankle weights into this exercise.

Desirée O
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