Strength & Conditioning Exercises for Calves

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There are a number of great strengthening and conditioning exercises for the calves that you can do right at home. Learn about strength and conditioning exercises for the calves with help from a longtime certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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I'm Renee Byrd with Camp Gladiator in Dallas, Texas, here to talk about strengthening and conditioning your calves. So for starters what you're going to do is you're going to place your feet on a step. If you're not comfortable with this range of motion yet, feel free to take it to the ground level, that way your heels and your toes are at an even position. Today I'm going to go up a little advanced, I do have flexible calves. This allows the athletes to get a little bit more out of their exercise. Sitting nice and tall guys, very important, make sure that you are not flexing your knees out at all. It's kind of like a reach test. What you're going to do is reach up as tall as you can get, squeezing your calves, slowly returning back to the bottom. Again, reaching up as tall as you can, slowly coming back down to the bottom. There are three angles to your calves, most people aren't aware of. So there's two other exercises for the calf development, one, you're going to take your toes. You're going to place your toes in and as you lift, your toes are going to stay in that position, lowering your heels back down, right back up to the starting point. A great conditioning exercise for your calves, not only is it going to be great for cardio endurance but it's also going to be phenomenal on your calves, is running bleachers or stairs. Running stairs or bleachers guys is a great great way, not only is it going to develop your calves, give you the muscles that athletes are looking for. It's also going to give you the calf endurance that a football player needs on the football field, a basketball player needs on the basketball field, even soccer players. This is an overall conditioning exercise that's absolutely amazing for everyone. Again, I'm Renee Byrd with Camp Gladiator, and we just talked about strengthening and conditioning your calves.

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