The strong get stronger…💪💪
🐮We’ve previously discussed how the long flexors of the leg (Flexor hallucis longus, Flexor digitorum longus, Tibialis posterior, Peroneus longus & Peroneus brevis) together contribute a sizable 20-30% of force absorption during ground contact in running. How can we remove the contribution of these smaller muscles & isolate the larger muscles of the calf, the soleus & gastrocs?
🎯Stand on the edge of a step, curl your toes over the edge, then perform a calf raise. The flexion of the toes places the long toe flexors at a mechanical disadvantage, thereby placing greater work on the soleus & gastrocs. This exercise is also great for balance and highlights the role the toes play in keeping us steady!
🙋🏼♂️How can this be implemented?
🔍Firstly this can be used as a simple test to see how much reliance you have on your smaller calf muscles. Difficulty performing this test can suggest a need for greater strengthening of the gastrocs & soleus
🤕Secondly, it can serve as a good exercise to through into the mix for some variability when rehabilitating a calf strain or Achilles tendinopathy.
🙏Thanks to PT Scott Epsley for the inspiration for this one!
🔗For the blog, please head to https://www.healthhp.com.au/post/the-strong-calves-get-stronger
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