I’m pretty sure (most) every educated fitness woman out there knows that in order to have any kind of gaps or areas of no fat on your body you have to, well, um have no fat in that area. That being said, the ever-popular “thigh gap” is no exception. In order to have a gap between your thighs, you obviously have to get rid of the fat that’s in between your thighs! (That’s super repetitive, but it’s kinda like a “duh” statement!)
Unfortunately, as we all know, you cannot spot-reduce fat. You can’t say, “Oh I will do extra kickboxing to burn the fat off my legs.” It just doesn’t work that way. Fat melts from all over your body where it wants to. From Livestrong, “Focusing your exercises efforts on your upper legs won’t increase how quickly you lose fat between your thighs… Although any cardiovascular exercise will help you burn the calories that shed fat from your inner thighs, leg workouts like running and cycling will help you see results faster. This isn’t because you will burn more fat in the thighs. Rather, the leg exercises will tighten and tone the muscle beneath the fat — creating an illusion of fat loss that is probably responsible for the myth of spot reduction.”
A quick info sesh. (Also according to Livestrong) the muscles of your inner thighs are known as hip adductors. “They are made up of four individual muscles that run along the inside of the thigh… These muscles are responsible for pulling your legs back together and can be worked easily by performing exercises that do just that.” Livestrong recommends the Supine Hip Abduction with Ankle Weights, Lateral Lunge, Power Plie Squats, and Lateral Shuffle (click to read their explanation).
However, last night I tried out the Blogilates “How to get an inner thigh gap” exercise after a half hour run (see, I got my cardio in to burn fat!) This was challenging, but doable and I completed all four sets. I also felt it in my abs, as exercises like that where you lay on the floor and lift your legs require core strength (no straining of your back!). If I thought I was sore last night, boy was I in for a treat this morning! I think the running combined with these moves really kicked my legs into shape! And my inner thighs are SORE! Woohoo! Try it out – let me know what you think!