Calf Strengthening for Runners Part 2!
I didn’t talk at all for this Reel, so you guys get 4 exercises to add to your toolbox of strengthening exercises. :-)
- Eccentric Gastroc Heel Raises: This works the muscle in the way the most consistent with the demands of running. If you do these, do not over do the reps, keep it pretty chill.
- Double Leg Hops: Adding in a little more power and explosiveness. Yes, runners need POWER! Control the knees from diving in together too much. Also, control the lowering, it should not sound/feel like an earthquake when your feet contact the ground.
- Eccentric Soleus Heel Raises: See reference to Eccentric Gastroc Heel Raises
- Seated Heel Raises: This is a great alternative if you have knee pain with the standing soleus heel raise.
Remember this is all for education purposes and I admonish you to follow up with a trained professional before starting an exercise program.
Keep living that run life, one mile at a time.