Now that the weather is nice, people are getting back outside and running. But with running comes the dreaded tight calf muscles. Tight calves can lead to myriad other problems, like plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains. It’s important to properly stretch and loosen your calves to prevent injury. In this video, Point Performance’s Michal Tekle demonstrates two calf stretches that require no equipment but a wall. Follow along for how to stretch your calves.
Begin by finding a wall or something you can lean into. Begin in a high lunge position with your left leg straight behind you and your right leg slightly bent. Lean into the wall until you feel a stretch in the back of your left calf. Keep your heel on the ground.
To isolate the second part of your calf muscle, put a slight bend in your left knee while keeping your heel on the ground. Repeat this three to four times.