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Step away from the inner-thigh adductor machine. Your hip adductors—the muscles that pull your legs together—may be a hard-to-reach muscle group, but that doesn’t mean you need to strain your self-esteem in order to work them.
“That machine works your adductor muscles in isolation,” says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. But in real life, your adductors are always working together with a chorus of other muscles as you sprint, hurdle, cut on the field, shuffle down the court, or even get in and out of your car, he explains.
That’s why you should train them that way. Working your adductors in conjunction with the rest of your muscles will help you sculpt functional, every-day strength, Gaddour says.
His favorite move to do this: the side plank with leg tuck—a plank variation in which you lift your bottom leg off the floor, and then raise your knee toward your chest.
“This move will hammer your inner thigh by shifting more weight to it when you lift your bottom leg,” says Gaddour. “It will also work your hips, shoulders, and core all together.” And it’ll keep your dignity intact.