Your calves and ankles are under-appreciated muscles that work hard to keep your body steady and balanced while you’re standing, walking or running. You might already be stretching your calves, but GMB shows you how to do them properly.
The video demonstrates two calf stretches: A straight leg calf stretch and a bent leg calf stretch. The first variation emphasises the gastrocnemius, which is the part of the calf muscle that people often admire. The bent version stretches out the ankle joint more. Healthier calves and ankles mean you can learn to do bad-arse movements like one-legged squats, or pistol squats.
The first thing is to find an elevated surface, such as a curb, a step or a small ladder, where your heels can hang off the edge and allow you to apply more pressure (not pain) to stretch those calves. GMB recommends wearing shoes and keeping your arch on the edge of the step for better leverage. For each stretch, just hang out for one to two minutes for three sets.