Achilles

The Achilles stretch is commonly performed to losses the ankle joint and the lower portion of your calf. Before stretching your body should be warmed up using various dynamic movement drills. The Achilles stretch can be performed after a lower body workout or running. Proper stretching is important to avoid injuries and help your body recover. No equipment is required to perform the Achilles stretch.

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Ankle Pump

If you hope to excel in nascar this exercise is a must. All kidding aside, the ankle pump helps build strength on both the front and back side of the lower leg. It is a good warm-up for speed and agility drills. It also is a good “pre-hab” exercise to prevent ankle injuries and shin splints. If you play a sport, this exercise can be used at the end of a game to help the calf and shin muscles recover.

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Ankle Supination

Ankle supination is a good stretch to improve ankle mobility. You can use the ankle supination exercise to prepare for agility drills. This is also good for sports that involve lateral changes in direction such as football, soccer, and rugby. It is also a good “pre-hab” exercise to keep your ankles healthy.

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Calf and Step

The calf and step exercise develops flexibility and mobility at the ankle joint. The calf and step exercise stretches the tibialis anterior (shin) and the gastrocnemius (calf). The calf and step is perfect for post-workout recovery and can be performed on a stair or step. To increase the range-of-motion you may perform the exercise on a higher step so the heals of your feet do not touch the floor.

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Calf Raise

The calf raise from floor develops strong, sexy calves. This is a great exercise for beginners because it requires little coordination and no equipment. The calf raise from floor can be used as a dynamic warm-up or as a strengthening exercise for running or jumping. Anyone serious about improving their performance or looks will incorporate the calf raise.

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Calf Raise on Step

The calf raise on a step utilizes a greater range-of-motion (ROM) than the calf raise from the floor. This increase in range-of-motion will deliver more real-world benefits, such as increased ankle flexibility and strength. This provides more stability when running or playing sports. The calf raise on a step can be used as a warm-up or cool-down exercise. It can be included in your lower-body workout to shape and define your lower legs.

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Calf Stretch

The calf stretch is great for releasing tension in the lower leg muscles. It should be performed after running or lower body workouts. The calf stretch targets the gastrocnemius. This muscle is often overworked because it is involved in many activates of daily life and sport. Stretching should be done after your body is warm.

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Chair Stand

The chair stand is a good exercise for developing starting strength. It is also a very functional exercise, we all sit and stand everyday. To keep it safe avoid using a chair with wheels that could roll out from under you. When performing this exercise, make sure you use your hips and legs to drive up to standing. This is a good exercise for beginners who aren’t quite ready for regular squats.

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