Most of us are short on time and want to get the absolute best out of our workouts, in the shortest amount of time. I get in some pretty interesting conversations all the time with individuals who just can’t seem to get the results they want and they blame it on time. The problem that I hear quite often is that “there’s not enough time in the day to get to the gym to get in a workout”. Or even better, “since I can’t get to the gym today, I won’t be able to work out.”
Whenever I hear this I laugh on the inside but on the outside, I just shake my head in disgust. Not for any other reason than the fact that I really don’t like hearing that simply because it’s such a lie. A lie that everyone (including myself) uses to get out of working out at home. In case you forgot but you ARE weight and you ARE able to use that weight to get in a great workout, even at home! It’s called bodyweight training.
Choosing between resistance training and bodyweight training essentially comes down to a number of factors that include age, gender, fitness level, previous injuries, time, and access to equipment and each of these should be considered when choosing what’s best for you. But if you asked me which one is best, I would just say yes. Honestly each one is the best. To get the best out of your body, especially stubborn and hard to develop muscle groups like the inner thighs, you really should be doing both and here’s why.
Bodyweight exercises are extremely convenient and effective. You don’t need any equipment or gym membership since you’ll be using your own body as your resistance. Bodyweight exercises are also incredibly easy to modify to your ability level, whether you’re brand new to exercise or a world-class athlete. They also allow you to develop better control and awareness. Not only that but you can build a great physique using nothing else but bodyweight exercises.
On the other hand, resistance training picks up where bodyweight training lacks. Because resistance training stresses your muscles and stabilizers (in a good way of course), they’re great at building a strong, balanced physique. Resistance training also helps improve bone density, tendon strength and revs up your metabolism.
The pros and cons list goes on and on and you can debate all you want to which is best for you but why not just shrug your shoulders, push through any preconceived notions you might have and do both. You know that both bodyweight and resistance training is beneficial to the body so it only makes sense that you would do both. And as a Strength Coach for over 16 years, this is the route I take 100% of the time especially when I train the adductors (your inner thighs).
You see, to effectively target the adductor group you have to come at these 5 complex muscles from many different angles and unfortunately for you, there are only a handful of exercises out there that get the job done and that’s why it’s highly recommended to incorporate both bodyweight and resistance training into your routine. Sure, you’ll see improvements if you choose one over the other but to truly maximize your results and compound your efforts, do both forms of training. Again, both forms have incredible pros but they also have cons and that’s why it’s important to do both.
For more information on how to develop your inner thighs through bodyweight and resistance training, please take a few minutes and look at my Inner Thigh Solution. It will equip you with everything you need to get the job done. It can be found right here: