If you’re wanting to know how to improve calf flexibility then try out these 3 calf stretches with a band below. Either link them all together or find the one that gives you the best stretch.

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Here are the 3 Calf Stretches with a Band you should try:

 

Exercise 1: Theraband around the Foot

Calf Stretches with a Band: Theraband around the Foot. This is how it should be done.

Start with your legs out straight, back upright against an imaginary wall. Loop the band around the top of your foot and hold the band fairly tight. Keep the knee straight and pull your toes and foot toward you.

Static: 5 x 20-second hold

Dynamic: Point the toes away and then pull the toes toward you, 5-6 times.

Repeat on the other side.

Note: You need to repeat calf exercises both with the knee straight and also with the knee bent to target different muscles.

Repeat the above exercise with the knee bent and choose either a static stretch or dynamic movement stretch, both work well.

Exercise 2: Theraband with Massage Ball

Calf Stretches with a Band: Theraband with Massage Ball. This is how it should be done.

Get a spiky massage ball and find a tight/sore point in the calf muscle and keep the ball on that area. Loop the band around the top of the foot as you did in Exercise 1 above. Pull your toes towards you using the band to increase the stretch then point your toes away. You can choose between static stretch (holding the foot in the stretch position) or dynamic where you continue moving the ankle/foot.

Static: 5 x 20-second hold

Dynamic: Point the toes away and then pull the toes toward you, 5-6 times.

Repeat on the other side.

Note: Remember to repeat with the knee bent too

Exercise 3: Mobilisation with the Theraband

Calf Stretches with a Band: Mobilisation with the Theraband. This is how it should be done.

Loop the band around something really sturdy and tie it securely before placing your left foot into the band. Make sure the band is around the front of the ankle before putting the band on a lot of tension by stepping forward. Keep your left knee straight and step forwards with the right leg, looking for a stretch sensation on the left calf.

Static: 5 x 20-second hold

We think this exercise works best with the static hold but you can try a dynamic movement by stepping the right leg forwards and backward to put the left calf on stretch and then ease off. 5-6 times.

Note: Remember to repeat this with the knee bent to target deeper calf muscles.

 

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Questions?

Trying out different exercises is key to improving and maintaining the body’s flexibility, which in turn can help with recruiting muscles efficiently.

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