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Calf Stretches

Calf Stretches

If your weekly cardio consists of running or jogging, then you may have experienced tight calves. It’s also possible that you have a combination of tight hamstrings and calves.

Try a simple assisted wall stretch to release your calves.

The calf consists of two muscles:

  • The gastrocnemius
  • The soleus

This stretch works them both: the soleus of the front leg and the gastrocnemius of the back leg.

How To: Standing Calf Stretch

  • Begin in standing with your feet together.
  • Optional: stand next to a wall and assist yourself by placing one hand on the wall.
  • Step forward with your right leg until your right knee is slightly bent.
  • Extend your left leg to the back and keep it straight (a slight bend at the knee is allowed).
  • Keep your back straight (don’t bend to the back). Push your hips forward.
  • Hold for 15 seconds or longer.
  • Repeat on the other leg.

 

Check out our articles for more:

  • Lower back stretches
  • Glute stretches
  • Shoulder stretches
  • And more!

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