While there are a number of thigh workouts available, they can be very difficult to perform both from a strength and agility standpoint. However, the exercises described here are so simple that they can be easily performed at home in front of the TV with little difficulty. For best results, be sure to perofrm the same number of exercises on each leg.
1. Side Leg Lifts
One of the best thigh workouts that you can do includes side leg lifts. To do the side leg lift, start by laying on the floor on the right side of your body. Rest your right elbow on the floor, and place your head in your hand. Stack your legs on top of each other. Take a deep breath, and as you exhale, extend your left leg toward the ceiling, being sure to keep it as straight as possible. Repeat this manuever 10 times, rest, and repeat. Roll over onto your other side, and do another two sets of 10 repetitions.
2. Side Plank
The side plank is another great exercise that can be used to tone and shape the muscles of the thighs. To perform this exercise, lay down on your right side on the floor. Place your right elbow on the floor, but this time allow your right forearm to rest on the floor as well. Stack your legs on top of each other. During exhalation, carefully lift your hips, buttocks and thighs off the floor, leaving only your elbow, forearm and feet still in contact with the floor. Hold this pose for at least 20 seconds on each side. When the basic form of this exercise becomes too easy, try raising your left leg and holding it in the air while you perform the side plank. Another great way to intensify this exercise is by resting the left foot on the floor, and extending your right leg out in front of the body. No matter which version of this exercise you perform, be sure to keep your legs as straight as possible.
3. Side Leg Scissors
Side leg scissors are an exercise that is great for individuals interested in strengthening their thighs. To perform the exercise, roll onto your right side on the floor. Position your arm as described as in the side plank. Lift both legs slightly off the floor, keeping them as straight as possible, and scissor them back and forth. As with the side plank, this exercise is not performed per repetition, but instead should be performed for a specific period of time. Do this exercise for at least 20 seconds for best results. Each time you perform side leg scissors, try to increase the duration.