As part of a balanced exercise routine, resistance training for your calves can really pack a punch!
Strengthening your lower and upper leg muscles can help you build a really solid foundation for the lower and upper-body exercise that you do throughout your routine. Strengthening your calf resistance can really help with everyday mobility and the prevention of injuries!
Your Calves And The Resistance Band
The first recorded use of a stretchy resistance band-type object was by Gustav Gossweiler on May 28th, 1895.
The invention was used for a variety of exercises between the early 1900s and the 1960s when the first improvement to the band was made.
By the 1980s, resistance bands were practically a staple in most at-home and public gyms.
The Anatomy Of Your Calves
The triceps surae is a pair of muscles that make up your calf. They’re connected to the foot via the Achilles tendon and have 3 heads between the two masses of muscle. These are split between:
- The gastrocnemius, which attaches to the base of the femur just above your knee.
- The soleus, which attaches to the superior posterior of your tibia.
Using A Resistance Band To Strengthen Your Calves
If you’re looking to incorporate resistance band exercises into your calf training, you’ll first want to:
- Make sure you’ve stretched out your leg muscles to prevent injury.
- Ensure that you have the right kind of resistance band for your training. If you’re working on calf strength as a rehabilitation exercise, be sure to speak with your physical therapist about the right kind of band to use.
Working Those Calves
One exercise involves working your calf resistance from the floor. To do so, simply:
- Sit down on the floor with your right leg extended in front of you.
- Wrap your resistance band around the balls of your extended foot. Make sure to hold on to both ends of the band.
- Gently pull the band towards you, creating tension. As you do, press your foot away from you for even more resistance.
- Bring your foot back to its starting position.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the desired number of repetitions. Repeat the exercise on your left leg.
Making Leg Workouts Better
By working on your calves, you’ll find that your overall leg strength will improve.
Not only will you get the chance to work on your resistance and stamina, but you’ll build strength in the muscles that make up the lower portion of your leg.
Finding More Calf Resistance
If you want to take your calf strengthening measures to the next level, try doing the standing variation of the calf resistance exercise.
Stand on a band so that it’s underneath the balls of your feet. Grab each end of the band and pull them up. Then, gently raise your heels up off the floor and lower them back down to complete the exercise.
Strengthen Your Calves
If you incorporate calve resistance training into your exercise regimen, your legs will seriously thank you. Not only will you find yourself more stabilized, but you’ll be able to work on the ever-important foundation of so many other lower-body workouts!