Inner Thigh Lies – Discover the Truth about Inner Thigh Exercises

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First … Here’s an intelligently selected exercise that does so much more than just tone your inner thighs…

Are you frustrated because you’re not getting the results you want although you’ve tried everything? The problem is not only choosing the wrong exercises! Read closely and discover how Inner Thigh Lies are holding you back.

 

The Truth About Spot Reduction the Inner Thigh Gadget Makers Don’t Dare Let You Know

The first myth that you have to eliminate before you can get results is that working your inner thighs directly will magically metabolize the fat that may be covering the muscles below.

This myth of spot reduction makes no sense here’s why …

Assuming you’re right-handed, over the course of your entire life (about 29 years, I’m guessing) you have used your right arm several thousand times more than you have used your left, correct?

So if spot reduction existed, your right arm would be ripped and your left arm would be flabby! Is that the case?

No, because fat is genetically distributed.

You have no more control over where you lose fat than you do over where you gain it.

Need more proof?

When people go on diets, they eat less, right? That means that they are using their chewing muscles less, right?

So why don’t their faces get fatter instead of leaner?

Spot reduction does not and cannot happen. Inner thigh exercises will not and cannot specifically target the fat deposits on your inner thighs.

Forget about “Toning” Exercises

Second is the myth that high reps will “tone” your muscles. There is no such physiological process as “toning.”

There are only two factors of body composition that you can control: fat and muscle. They are two separate things like the proverbial apples and oranges.

In general, you probably want to lose fat and gain a little muscle; that’s the best way to improve your body composition.

High Reps Won’t Get You There

For most people, high reps will not and cannot build any muscle whatsoever and, as pointed out above, will not selectively burn fat from your inner thighs (or any other body part, for that matter).

For each muscle and for each exercise there is a threshold of weight (or “load,” physiologically) below which you get minimal, if any, benefit in strength or muscular growth.

High reps, especially when done with a weight that doesn’t challenge the muscle at all, are a less effective use of your workout time because they neither burn fat optimally nor strengthen and build the muscle.

“Toning,” “firming,” “tightening,” and “sculpting” are all meaningless terms that do not describe any physiological process that exists in the human body.

As mentioned earlier, what you want to do to improve your appearance is build at least some muscle; that’s the optimal way to burn fat.

It’s the loss of muscle as we get older that has been linked to the gradual decrease in metabolic rate and concomitant increase in weight that many of us see.

In order to get back the body you had when you were younger (or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof), you have to get back the muscle.

Inner Thigh Machines Don’t Work

Another factor to consider is functional anatomy. What do the inner thigh muscles actually do?

They certainly don’t do the motion that you use on the seated hip adduction machine. Do you know that there isn’t even an official term for movement of the hip in that plane – because it’s unnatural.

The only time that you move your leg like that is when you bring your left leg in when you enter on the driver’s side of the car, and when you pull your right leg out as you exit. That’s about it!

Besides, there are five separate muscles in your inner thigh – each designed to work best when your leg is at different angles.

In the seated hip adductor machine, your leg is positioned in a way that stresses only one of the five adductors – the adductor magnus. The other four muscles are virtually neglected.

The normal, everyday function of the adductors for most people is to pull your thigh back to the neutral position. That is, when your leg moves forward (as in walking), some of these muscles help pull your leg back, and vice versa.

Also, just as important, you use your inner thigh muscles to prevent over-abduction; in other words, you use your adductors to stay balanced whenever you’re on one leg (again, as in walking).

Therefore, the most effective exercises for your inner thighs are those in which you move one leg forward (hip flexion) or backward (hip extension) while standing on one leg (using your adductors as stabilizers).

Direct adductor exercise, however, often has the effect of making your inner thigh muscles discernibly larger – the exact opposite of what most women are trying to accomplish.

Don’t get the impression that seated hip adduction is a complete waste of time; it isn’t. The adductor magnus is a large muscle, therefore the exercise can burn a lot (relatively) of calories.

It just won’t get you the results that you are probably looking for. Be aware of what you are doing and why with this and every exercise that you do.

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About Stephen Holt

Literally millions of readers of magazines like Shape, Fitness, Men's Fitness and Men's Health have made their exercise programs both more efficient and more effective with the help of Stephen Holt.

For his contributions to the knowledge base in the fitness industry, Stephen was named "Personal Trainer of the Year" by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 2003 and "Expert of the Year" by AllExperts.com in 1999.

Comments

  1. Shaping the legs is great work! Every lady should do this to keep their physique proportionally shaped with their upper bodies. It’s hard but it works you just need patience in what you do to work it out!

  2. Krystal Adams says:

    Wow! Really helpful and I always knew that adducter machine wasn't doing what I needed! A HA!

  3. jilldugan675 says:

    Those points are impressively true! i am also worrying about my legs and those tips are something to be treasured for!

  4. ok I get it now….awesome read! thank U!

  5. I didnt realise the inner thigh was so complex, with so many different muscles that dont get worked with the sitting inner thigh machine!

  6. allmyonlineearnings says:

    I seriously though exercises which are done seriously are utter-waste of time ..
     
    Looks like you are contradicting my claim ..Let me check out and do my homework before I reject what you said.
     
    The article looks cool on the whole

  7. missmanasaedward says:

    Toning is a myth??
     
    My goodness, I really spend a fortune every-month on my gym instructor and equipment ..
     
    Probably I must stop being so dumb ..thanks for the advice ..

  8. forthelinks says:

    @missmanasaedward 
     
    Yeah,
     
    toning is for sure a myth .. toning comes as a result of exercise … but there are no exercises which tone your body ..
     
    When you exercise well, stay at top of fitness charts .. you already got a toned body .. but a small exercise to tone your legs / hips / … is all fake ..

  9. VinaySahu says:

    The video is good ..
     
    The subtitles made my job easy .. I can’t use speakers as I am in office ..
     
    Nice exercise .. gonna try it out tonight ..

  10. TomSailor says:

    When it comes to exercise ..
     
    people must remember there is no MAGIC and there are loads of MYTH ..
     
    better to consult a well trained physician and gym trainer before trying out stupid stuff ..

  11. gordon brown says:

    @TomSailor 
     
    Yeah no MAGIC .. I am seriously amazed how people believe in magic products and not in exercise ..
     
    Only way is to exercise .. either naturally (on field ) or in the gym

  12. JohnPaul says:

    I anyway don’t like long exercises ..
     
    I have a new excuse now .. Long Reps aren’t effective .. when they aren’t done well ..
     
    So I shall not do anything rather than do something ineffective.. what say??

  13. missmanasaedward says:

    @JohnPaul 
     
    better get out of those moods and try exercising ..
     
    Read the book JUST STAY FAT .. then you understand why you must exercise .. that is wonderful book ..

  14. KashyaP says:

    Build some Muscle ..
     
    that is good saying .. but hard @working out ..
     
    anyway .. thanks for writing such a post .. and you made 665 posts .. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

  15. SanthoshKumar says:

    I knew about spot reduction ..
     
    when I tried things over internet .. spot muscle growth happened .. not reduction ..

  16. SanthoshKumar says:

    @missmanasaedward  @JohnPaul 
     
    JUST STAY FAT?? whose book is that?? Who is the author??
     
    YEah .. exercise .. 45 min a day is must .. for healthy living .

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