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37. Gastrocnemius
(work best with shoes on)



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Calf Muscles (Soleus, Gastrocnemius)
 * A note on stretching your calf. There are two major muscles in your calf – one crosses the knee joint, the other does not. Therefore, in order to stretch both muscles, you must stretch your calf two ways – with the knee bent and with it straight.

  • Right knee needs to remain straightened during this stretch
  • Stand facing a wall. 
  • Place hands on the wall
  • Dropping your torso down helps here
  • With a straight right leg, place right heel on the floor close to wall with balls of foot up against the wall
  • Keep your right leg straight as you move your torso towards the wall feeling a stretch in your calf near the knee.

 

 

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