Runners Exercise Snapshot: Split Stance Calf Raises

Runners Exercise Snapshot: Split Stance Calf Raises

By Brittney Thornton

 

 

Split Stance Calf Raises Description

Strong calves make for a strong run! With things like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints among the most common injuries for runners, it’s important to have strong lower legs. Running is simply bounding from one foot to the other very quickly, your lower legs need to be able to absorb your landing then immediately explode off the ground. It makes sense to build these babies up! This exercise is a good beginner move that combines glute work and calf work into one neat package.

Split Stance Calf Raises Steps:

1.       Start on your back with knees bent and feet flat

2.       Raise your hips up high, squeeze the glutes

3.       Keep your hips up and lift your heels

4.       Lower the heels back down

5.       Lower the hips back down

6.       Repeat 10 times, 3 sets

 Use this as a part of your cross-training routine or in your arm up for your run.

Run strong, run happy!

 

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