Should I Use the Inner/Outer Thigh Machines?


Consistent use of these machines is a common sight at the gym, but are these machines helping people or possibly hurting them?

Many people who use these machines usually want to reduce fat from the hips and inner thighs and tone up those areas. However, their intentions may be as hopeful as someone trying to get slimmer cheeks by chewing gum. Here’s why.

Adductor complex: First, understand that the adductor complex (inner thighs) is part of a movement system in the entire body. These muscles do not work independently in reality. The adductors work together with the thighs, hips, trunk, and even the shoulders to create different types of movements, such as golf swings, soccer kicks, and running. They also help to stabilize the legs and hips during activities that requires deceleration and direction change such as hiking downhill and weaving around opponents in football.

Most people who jump on this machine have a goal of slimming their inner thighs. However, these machines put people in a fixed environment, allowing them to increase resistance and perform more repetitions. In turn, this type of stimulus on the adductors INCREASES the size of the muscles, possibly creating larger thighs for the user. It does nothing to decrease the fat in your thighs.

Abductors: There are no muscles in the human body that are called abductors, however, there are muscle groups that helps to perform hip abduction (moving away from the mid-line of the body). Abductors machines are thought to work the glutes by working on hip abduction. However, this machine may not be living up to the promise of a firmer butt. Instead the piriformis may be the dominant muscle in this activity. Overworking the piriformis by using this fixed method with increased resistance may lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve which lays beneath the muscle. Therefore, in combination of the inner thigh exercise, it can lead to hip and lower back pain from improper usage of the muscle groups.

Here are some better choices in substitution of the inner/outer thigh exercises.

Squat, any variations

Multi-planar lunges

Step-ups

Medicine/kettlebell ball chops

Bridge, any variations

Finally, if you want a firmer body, there are just three primary factors that you need to know:

1. Balanced nutrition

2. Proper cardiovascular exercise

3. Lean muscle maintenance: Muscles are your body’s natural calorie burners. The more you have, the more calories your body will burn throughout the day. That is also why men tend to lose fat faster than women.

Also, training your entire body not only helps to burn more calories than just working on body part alone, but also save you time and create better function.

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Consistent use of these machines is a common sight at the gym. But are these machines helping people or possibly hurting them? 

Many people who use these machines usually want to reduce fat from the hips and inner thighs and “tone up” those areas. However, their intentions may be as hopeful as someone trying to get slimmer cheeks by chewing gum. Here’s why.

Adductor complex: First, understand that the adductor complex (inner thighs) is part of a movement system in the entire body. These muscles do not work independently in reality. The adductors work together with the thighs, hips, trunk, and even the shoulders to create different types of movements, such as golf swings, soccer kicks, and running. They also help to stabilize the legs and hips during activities that require deceleration and direction change such as hiking downhill and weaving around opponents in football.

Most people who jump on this machine have a goal of slimming their inner thighs. However, these machines put people in a fixed environment, allowing them to increase resistance and perform more repetitions. In turn, this type of stimulus on the adductors INCREASES the size of the muscles, possibly creating larger thighs for the user. It does nothing to decrease the fat in your thighs.

Abductors: There are no muscles in the human body that are called abductors, however, there are muscle groups that helps to perform hip abduction (moving away from the mid-line of the body). Abductors machines are thought to work the glutes by working on hip abduction. However, this machine may not be living up to the promise of a firmer butt. Instead the piriformis may be the dominant muscle in this activity. Overworking the piriformis by using this fixed method with increased resistance may lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve which lies beneath the muscle. Therefore, in combination of the inner thigh exercise, it can lead to hip and lower back pain from improper usage of the muscle groups.

Here are some better choices in substitution of the inner/outer thigh exercises.

Squat, any variations

Multi-planar lunges

Step-ups

Medicine/kettlebell ball chops

Bridge, any variations

Finally, if you want a firmer body, there are just three primary factors that you need to know:

1. Balanced nutrition

2. Proper cardiovascular exercise

3. Lean muscle maintenance: Muscles are your body’s natural calorie burners. The more you have, the more calories your body will burn throughout the day. That is also why men tend to lose fat faster than women.

Also, training your entire body not only helps to burn more calories than just working on body part alone, but also save you time and create better function.

 

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