Getting those bulging biceps and perfect six pack abs are not the only part of fitness training and body building. It is good to focus on other less publicised muscles as well – such as calve muscles. Calve muscles stretch from the fold of the knee at the back, and extend down to the heel.
Well toned and shapely calve muscles will not just help your legs look great, but will also be of great benefit when you are jogging, running or even just walking. The following simple calve exercises will help you get those strong, shapely legs you’ve always wanted.
This exercise can be done by making use of a chair. Ensure that your chair is placed in an area where you will not be hampered by any objects lying around. Place your left foot on the chair and balance on the chair with your right leg dangling in the air. Hold this position for a 30 seconds and step off the chair. Repeat the exercise with your right foot, this time. Performing this exercise at least 20 times for each leg will go a long way towards toning your calve muscles.
This exercise can be done either my using a low platform, or even the lowest step of a flight of stairs. Stand with the balls of your feet firmly on the platform or the step and slowly raise your heels up. This is similar to the way in which you would stand on tip-toe, with the difference here being that the weight of your body would be focused on the balls of your feet. Hold this position for a few seconds and slowly bring your heels back to the platform or step on which you are standing. Repeat this exercise a total of 20 times, in sets of 5.
This exercise is just a slight variation of the previous one. In this exercise, you would need to stand with the balls of your feet firmly on the platform or step. While raising your heels, you would also need to bend your knees so as to contract the muscles in your calves. Hold this position for a few seconds and slowly lower your heels and straighten your knees. Repeat this exercise 20 times, in sets of 5.