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Workout of the Week: Inner Thigh Lifts

This week’s exercise is a Pilates move that, as the name suggests, works the inner thighs. It is a good move to add to your routine, as the inner thigh muscles generally don’t get much action. When performing this move, you also work your core and help strengthen your knee and hip joints. Since it is performed on the ground, you can easily do this exercise in front of your TV to sneak in a little physical activity.

How to do it

  1. Start by laying with your right side on the ground. Your body should be in a straight line.
  2. Prop yourself up on your elbow so that it is directly below your shoulder. Your forearm should be flat on the ground in front of you.
  3. Bring your left leg over your right so that your foot is flat on the ground above your knee.
  4. Flex your right foot while slowly bring your right leg up and then back down. For greater benefit, try to lower your leg, but hover it just above the ground.
  5. Repeat 15 times.
  6. Next, switch sides so that your left side is on the ground, with your right leg over your left.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 to work your left leg.


  • If it is too difficult to be propped up on your elbow, you can also perform this exercise with your arm straight out, flat on the floor, while resting your head on your arm.
  • Make an effort to engage your core and squeeze your glutes while performing this move.

Always talk to your doctor prior to beginning a new workout routine and only perform exercises appropriate for your health and fitness level.