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Calf Muscles

March 24, 2017

1) The Gastrocnemius is the calf muscle that is visible from the outside of the body. It attaches to the heel with the Achilles tendon and originates behind the knee on the femur, crossing two joints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) The Soleus is not visible when looking at the body from the outside as it lies underneath the Gastrocnemius on the rear of the lower leg.

 

The role of calf muscles

 

The calf muscles play an important pumping role in venous circulation. When your calf muscles contract, they compress the veins within the muscles and force the blood to flow upward and toward the heart. When your calf muscles relax, the veins in the muscles refill with blood from surrounding veins. The calf muscle pump is often called the peripheral heart.

 

Stretching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Gastrocnemius stretch

Right: Soleus stretch

 

Lot of people are having a difficult time to stretch their soleus. The Soleus stretch should be smaller and deeper than the Gastrocnemius stretch. Also the position of shoulders are different. To stretch the soleus, shoulder and hips are in line.

Keep pressing the heel instead of toes.

 

Strong calf muscles will stabilize your feet and you will perform better squats and lunges.

 

第2の心臓とも言われているふくらはぎ。

2種類のストレッチで2つの筋肉をしっかり伸ばしてください。

脹脛の筋肉を強化すると足首の固定がしっかりとし、スクワットやランジエクササイズパフォーマンス向上に繋がります。

美脚を目指して頑張りましょう!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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