GtgtMARK Hey guys! It’s Mark from BuiltLean, and today I’m going to show you how to assess your calf flexibility and also how to increase your cap flexibility. You might be thinking Okay, why does it matter, why do I care Well, if you do any squads in the gym, wether it’s a barbell back squat or simply at home doing a body weight squat If you’ve got tight calfs, it’s going to be basically impossible for you to have good form when you squat. We actually did another tutorial you can check out, which is how to increase.
Squat depth.You can check it out. So anyways, let’s get into it. How do you assess your calf flexibility What I want you to do is I want you to go against a wall, and I want you to place your foot roughly somewhere around three to five inches from the wall. Next, I want you to push your knee towards the wall so that your knee is grazing the wall while at the same time your heel is still against the ground. And so, you are gonna measure how far that is.
I’m starting with my right foot and it’s probably around, three inches. You are gonna measure that. You are gonna bring your left foot to that same point and you are gonna measure again. As you can see, my left calf is actually a lot less flexible than my right calf. So that really means I have to work on my left side calf’s flexibility, which I am, and I always do before I do a light workout. Okay, so once you assess your calf flexibility you might realize that you’ve really tight.
1 Best Calf Stretch To Relieve Tightness
Calfs and what I suggest you do, is buy yourself a softball or lacrosse ball. Some people suggest using a foam roller that can certainly help but I think a softball or lacrosse ball really helps you dig into your muscles, and if you have any knots, really loosen them and get rid of them. And so, what we are gonna do is sit down right here on the grounds, I’m gonna put my right calf on top of the ball. I’m gonna use my right foot here, put your left foot over your right foot, we just gonna roll around.
Your calf muscle. And I’m going right underneath the calf muscle here. You try to look for some knots, and if you find them you are gonna want to just roll around it for a good thirty seconds. You can also go for the inside of the calf as well. You can see. And then do the outside as well. And finally, you go to the bottom of the calf which is the soleus For a lot people, the soleus is actually the responsible for the tightness in your calf. It’s actually not your calf muscles,.