How To Stretch Your Calves
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The calf is one of the most forgotten areas in our body. This muscle works hard all day to propel us forward as we walk, stand up from our favorite chair and/or make us look so awesome in those high heels. All of these movements utilize the powerful contraction of our calf muscle but rarely do we place any stretch on these muscles to balance this out. This lack of stretch is often why modern-day humans are so limited in their ankle flexibility. This is why it’s so important to take part in this amazing calf stretch; The Calf Grinder!
Grab a foam roller or release ball and place it under your affected calf muscle. Now, place the opposite leg over top the affected side to add some additional pressure over the roller. From this position, activley bring your toes up towards your nose on the affected side by bending your ankle until you feel a comfortable stretch in the back of the calf and then return to neutral. Rinse and repeat!
Hang out in one spot for as long as you feel a stretch moving your foot up and down. As you feel it fade, shift the roll down your calf. Spend a total of 2 minutes per day working through your calf. Look at you go, you’re doing one of the BEST calf stretches around!
What we’re gonna do is use yourself a foam roller, a cross ball, mobility ball, water ball, something that’s going to give you some pressure over that muscle. We’re gonna use a foam roller to start. That’s gonna stay here, right on the bottom of the calf.
And you can go anywhere you want, outside, inside, find a spot that’s comfortable. Now, what I want you to do, once you’ve rolled a little bit, for about 20 to 30 seconds to be comfortable with it. Take the other foot, place that over the top, you’re gonna use your hands as sort of a measure of how much pressure you’re putting on it. So, if you put that up or put that down, you’re gonna increase or decrease that pressure.
By putting my hands up, I increase the weight. What I’m gonna do is I’m going to roll back and forth and find some nice juicy spots in my calf, and when I find that, I want to push that pressure down, bring my foot up and back, up and back, I can sneak in here up and back and find those points where that’s most comfortable but uncomfortable at the same time.
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