Calf Raises for Calf Strength
Calf raises are an essential part of any runners strength program. Calf raises are a great exercise for gastrocnemius strengthening, when done correctly.
Avoid these 2 really common errors when doing calf raises:
1) Going too quickly – slow controlled time under load is key, take your time to get the most out of the exercise.
2) Rolling out at the top – this means we aren’t getting quality loading of the medial gastrocnemius, so focus on pushing through your first and second toe!
Remember – go slow, heavy and controlled for strong calves!
Hey guys Lewis here from POGO. Today we are doing calf raises a vital part of any runners strength program. Now important when you’re doing your calf raises to avoid the 2 key faults that I see people doing . First of all is going far too quickly. We want longer time under tension rather then really quick ones. The second is to not focus on the inside aspect of your calf – people rolling outwards as they reach the top of the calf raise. What we do want instead is to go nice and slow on the way down and then focusing on pushing through that first and second toe at the top – now I’m fatigued from this morning! And remember to go heavy with you calf raises.
Lewis Craig (APAM)
Masters of Physiotherapy
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