On this site you can learn all the best hip exercises for women and men. This page has pictures of an inner thigh exercise that also works on balance and hip stability.
Many people work the inner thigh muscles while sitting down on a machine. However, when you're sitting on an inner thigh machine you don't challenge your core muscles, hip stabilizers, or balance.
Balance exercises are great for strengthening the hips and stabilizing the knee joint.
Below is a great hip exercise for the inner thigh using a cable machine, and as an added benefit the hip stabilizers on the standing leg are also strengthened at the same time.
Starting Position: Begin by securing an ankle cuff around your leg and select an appropriate weight.
Stand far enough away from the cable machine so that there is a little bit of tension on your inner thigh muscles. Place your hands on your hips and balance on one leg.
Form: While keeping your knee straight, move your hip across your body. Hold for a brief second and then return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: If you have difficulty keeping your balance, you can begin by holding on slightly to the sides of the machine, but try to build up to balancing on your own.
Focus on keeping good posture throughout. Engage your abs and core muscles and stand up tall. Move in a slow and controlled manner.
If you have trouble balancing pick a spot on the floor or wall in front of you to focus on during the exercise.
You may feel more muscle work in the stance leg and this is normal. The hip stabilizers (gluteus medius and minimus) work when you do one leg balance activities, and this is a second benefit of this exercise.
One leg cable exercises are great for improving balance and increasing hip stability.
If you don't have access to a cable machine, you can also do this exercise with different types of resistance bands.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT