Recently I was standing in the shower, thinking nothing in particular, when I noticed that my feet now turn outward. (They didn't use to.) In fact, it's an effort for me to make them point straight forward & parallel, and I have some difficulty turning them inward & pigeon-toed.
I happened to mention this to the Pilates instructor & a gaggle of trainers, and they told me this might be due to my taking spin classes four times a week & training my outer thigh muscles, so that they have become quite strong, while my inner thigh muscles are relatively week. Also, in some mat routines in Pilates, I discovered that indeed, my inner thigh muscles were singing out when other parts of my legs felt good.
So I've got a two part question for anyone who's read this far:
1) Have you ever had any experience with using a "corrective" exercise to balance more highly trained parts of your body? If so, what did you do, and how long before your body evened out a little more?
2) Do you know of any serious exercises that focus on the inner thigh? I am hoping for something that's not high-impact. (And please don't make me haunt garage sales all summer looking for a used Thighmaster.) Does that vaguely kinky-looking abductor/adductor (or whatever they call it?) machine at the gym really deliver, or is it a massive paperweight, as some of those machines really seem to be?
I need this. It's summer, I plan to wear some dresses, and I need to keep my knees together when seated.
Also it worries me to think that parts of my body could be maybe even overtrained while others aren't doing their share.