Calf Muscles (Soleus, Gastrocnemius)

* A note on stretching your calf. There are two major muscles in your calf – one crosses the knee joint, the other does not. Therefore, in order to stretch both muscles, you must stretch your calf two ways – with the knee bent and with it straight.

  • Right knee needs to be bent slightly during this stretch
  • Face a wall with both hands on the wall – feet about 2 feet away from the wall – toes facing the wall
  • Place some of your weight on the wall leaning into it
  • Move your right foot behind – entire foot firmly on the floor, left foot stays where it is
  • You should be in a lunge position
  • Keep your right foot flat as you bring your right knee closer to the floor, bending your right knee slightly, feeling a stretch in your calf a couple inches above your right heel.