Building Your Calf Muscles The Right Way

Did you know that the calf muscle at the back of the lower leg is actually made up of two muscles which are called the gastrocnemius and soleus. Therefore when you are looking to build up this area it is important to know there are different exercises which will work both muscles. What is the difference between both of these muscles? Well the gastrocnemius is actually positioned above the soleus and to work the two different muscles means a difference in stance.

To work your gastrocnemius your legs must be straight and therefore a standing calf raise is ideal to work this muscle. Make sure you are going through the whole range of motion of the gastrocnemius which means planter flexing and the lowering of the heel when raising. To work your soleus you must have your legs bent, so performing an exercise seated is great for this. Again, performing the exercise the same way as above ensuring you work the whole muscle through its complete range of motion.

Use both techniques to work your calf muscle to the max and notice the difference.... You can thank me later ;)

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Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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