Where are my adductors and abductors?
In addition to the hamstrings
on the back of your thighs and the quadriceps
on the front of your thighs, you have outer and inner thigh muscles. The muscles that run down the outside of your thigh are called abductors. Your inner thigh muscles are called adductors. back to top
What do my inner and outer thigh muscles do?
Your adductors and abductors help you move from side to side. Strong thigh muscles help you sidestep a brigade of charging snowballers and help you step aside just before your dog plows you over with an enthusiastic greeting. Basketball players need them to dodge a player on the way to the hoop. Kickboxers count on them for all those sidekicks. Tennis players need them to leap across the court for a wide ball. And girls who do aerobics use the inner and outer thigh muscles to do step patterns like the grapevine. back to top
How do I get strong thighs?
Instead of doing boring leg lifts on the floor, try this standing exercise, called the side lunge
. While you stretch and strengthen your inner and outer thighs, you'll be working your quads and butt
, as well as your hamstring
muscles. back to top
How do I stretch my inner and outer thighs?
After you finish your strength training routine, be sure to stretch your muscles. Stretching helps your muscles get rid of the lactic acid
that builds up and makes you feel sore a day or two after your workout. Here is an inner thigh stretch
that feels great after a challenging workout. back to top