A Thing or Two about Our Calf Muscles
As we all know, proper exercising canhelp you develop many of your muscles quickly and effectively.Therefore, there are numerous exercise programs out there which cando the same for you, regardless of the group of muscles you aredealing with. Once talking about our calf muscles, we need toemphasize their importance. Namely, these two muscles, each pairlocated on the lower back parts of our legs, are incredibly importantmuscles of our proper mobility and functioning in general. Calfmuscles provide support for the rest of our leg and for the foot aswell, making us capable of standing or running for a long time. Ofcourse, this is only true if our calf muscles are in good shape.Thus, before being able to use these muscles intensively, you need toknow how to train them and develop them right. These are sensitivemuscles, prone to injury, thus you need to be very careful. Eventhough these are one of the most useful muscle groups involved inathletic sports, calf muscles easily get hurt and these mishaps arequite common with athletes.
How To Train Your Calf Muscles?
These exercises will involveweightlifting as well. Before indulging into them, make sure you warmup properly as to avoid injuries before strengthening your calfmuscles.
The first exercise involves youstanding on a step or any elevated, flat space, with the balls ofyour feet. The other parts of your feet should be hanging in the air.Then, while holding one dumbbell in each hand, you are to lift yourheels up and tense your calf muscles. Then, after holding thisposition for a split second, you are to lower the heels below theinitial level, and repeat the whole exercise. Alternatively, once yougain more strength, you might be capable of performing this exercisewith a single leg. Nevertheless, be careful regarding your balanceand support yourself with your hands.
For the second exercise you will haveto sit on a bench, close to the edge of it. Then, you are to placeweights upon your knees. After doing this, while resting your handson the bench, providing you support, you are to push your feet offthe ground, transferring the weight on your toes. Once you feel yourcalf muscles get tensed, hold it for several seconds before returningto the initial position.
If you happen to have an exercise ballin your household, you can use it for these purposes as well. Whileholding weights in your hands, you are to press onto the ball withyour chest, pushing it onto a wall, and perform the same feetmovement as in the first exercise.
Ten or fifteen repetitions will sufficefor each exercise.