Most of us think of hip stability as stemming from the the outer hip (e.g. glute med and lateral rotators). And while this is true, there’s more to the story when it comes to achieving good hip, knee and low back alignment.
It took me a long time to connect the dots, but there is a functional relationship between the outer hip and the opposite inner thigh.
The fancy term would be the “lateral sling system,” but single leg balance and maintaining good posture require that the muscles of the outer hip and the inner thigh work together…and for a lot of us…they don’t.
Let me break this down a little further.
If your right hip outer hip muscles (glute med, glute min) are a little weak, then your left inner thigh could probably use a little attention.
Likewise, you’d probably find that if you have more strength in the left outer hip muscles, then you’d also probably be a bit stronger in the right inner thigh.
So if you’ve been clamshelling your heart out and you still feel like your hip or your low back is a little cranky, it might not hurt to do some inner thigh work.
What does that look like? (Hint: it’s not a thigh master).
Like all functional exercises, it’s about getting the different muscle groups to work together.
With that in mind, I’ve created a 10 minute inner thigh workout. It’ll target those muscles to help you get the aesthetic benefits while improving balance and hip strength. Have fun 🙂
10 minute inner thigh workout with adductor exercises
10 Bridges with ball between knees + pulses
8-10 side lying inner thigh lifts (per leg)
10-20 quick heel beats lying on stomach
8-10 heel raises
10-12 inner plie squats + pulses