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4 exercises to tighten outer thighs

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The lower body is can be a trouble area for a lot of people. 

“The bad news is there’s no single exercise that’s going to reduce the amount of fat on your upper thigh,” fitness trainer Tamatha Crowson said. “The good news is there are things that you can do. In general, if you tone the muscles that are here, you can actually lift that area a little bit and it will improve that appearance.”

But with any kind of fat loss, it also requires a good amount of cardio and a clean diet. 
Crowson shares 3 exercises that target the outer thighs.

1.    Squats: This exercise can work multiple muscle groups, including the gluts, core, and thighs.

Place your feet a little over shoulder width apart, push your hips back and bend your knees to where your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor.

Straighten your legs and repeat.

Add weights to increase intensity.

2.    Deadlift: Your feet need to be shoulder width apart and along with a slight bend in your knees.

Holding weights, start to bend forward, push your hips back you keeping your back nice and flat.

You want to try to bend to where the weights reach about to your ankles and come up.

3.    Clam shell: Lie on one side, bend your knees behind you at about a 90-degree angle and lift your feet slightly off the ground.

Once you are in that position, open the top leg back and then return to the starting position.

4.    Fire hydrant: This exercise requires you to get on your hands and knees.

The trick with this one is that you do not want to have much motion in your lower back.

Take one leg and pull it slightly in front of the other, bring it out to the side and bring it back in. 

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