Exercises to tone and trim inner thighs 

This list isn't about achieving the infamous, and oftentimes impossible, "thigh gap." It's about sculpting and strengthening great legs that will make you feel good and work out better. When doing leg workouts, people often target the calves and glutes but don't really know how to strengthen the inner thighs, which help you run and lift weights better.
With the 10 exercises below, you'll specifically target the inner thigh area — and along the way tighten your glutes and core, too. These exercises don't require a lot of equipment, and they're easy to integrate into your normal workout routine. 

1. Side lunges using weights
Lunges are fantastic for toning and strengthening, so grab a kettlebell and get to work.
Women's Health and Fitness says you should stand with your feet together and hold a kettlebell with both hands, your arms extended down. 
- Take a big step to your left with your left leg, keeping your body facing forward. 
- Then, bend your left knee and sit back a bit until you push yourself into a side lunge position. Your thigh should be parallel to the ground. Return to your starting position.
- Do the same on your right side, and repeat.
2. Frog legs
This exercise is great because you don't need any equipment, and it's quick and easy.  
- Shape says you start out by lying on your back with your legs straight up in the air, heels together, and toes turned outward.
- Bend your knees out to the sides, moving them closer to your body. Hold for a second.
- Extend your legs back straight, and repeat.
3. Leg lifts using ball
Shape recommends this exercise because it builds strength in weak inner-thigh muscles. So if you're just starting out, this is a good one to use.
- Start out with a small ball between your ankles, and lie on your side. Support your head with your arm bent. Your other arm should also be bent — but touching the ground to help you balance.
- Squeeze your inner thighs together to secure the ball, and straighten your legs. 
- Still clenching the ball, lift your legs about 6 inches (15 cm) off the ground.
- Repeat for 10 reps, then switch to the other side.
4. Bridge pose with squeeze 
You get the best of both worlds with this one, as it works both your glutes and inner thighs. 
- Prevention says you start out lying on your back, with knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
- Place a small ball or towel between your bent knees, and squeeze it as you lift your butt off the ground.
- Repeat.
5. Sumo squats using weights
Using the sumo pose, you'll target the inner thighs for a mean burn, but with great results.
- Women's Health and Fitness says to start by taking the wide, sumo stance with your feet apart (but not too far apart, which works your glutes rather than your quads).
- With your feet turned at a 45-degree angle from your body, hold a kettlebell in front of you with your back straight. 
- Bend your knees and push your hips backward, lowering your body as far back as you can while keeping your back straight.
- Raise yourself back up to the starting stance, and repeat. 
6. Sumo hops 
With a bit of a cardio kick, this sumo hop works your thighs and heart.
- Prevention says to stand with your feet spread a bit further apart than your hip width, with toes facing out.
- Bend your knees and lower your body into the sumo squat.
- Jump upward, straightening your legs while in the air and landing again in a wide stance.
- Position your feet back in the original sumo stance, and repeat.
7. Side splits using towel or disc
Normally a Pilates move you do on the reformer with the help of springs, this exercise has been modified for standing up. Shape says this modification makes it even more challenging and is great for working your inner thighs. 
- Start out with your feet at hip distance apart, and place a gliding disc or hand towel under your right foot. 
- Stretch your arms straight out from your shoulders, and slide your right leg to the side, opening legs wide.
- Press into your left foot, and use your inner thighs to pull your legs back together.
- Repeat on opposite side.
8. Lateral lunges
This workout strengthens and tightens the inner thigh, but Prevention says it's also an awesome workout for your whole body and helps burn major calories.
- In a standing position, step to the side with your right foot, keeping both toes facing forward.
- Lunge down on your right side, pushing your butt back and leaning back on your heel like you're doing a squat, or going to take a seat.
- Push back up to starting position, and repeat on the other side.
9. Side clams 
You might be lying down for this one, but that doesn't mean it's any easier. This workout is all about working those thighs.
- Women's Health and Fitness says to start out lying on your side with your legs together and knees bent. 
- Lift your top knee upward, all while keeping your heels touching.
- Repeat for a minute, and switch sides.
10. Leg extension and sweeps 
This is another one that's great for your inner thighs but will also tone your glutes and core.
- Prevention explains you start by standing straight up.
- Take your right leg and sweep it from front to back with your toes pointed and your leg rigid to engage your thighs.
- Repeat five times, then switch to the other side.
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