The Calf Foam Roll is an excellent warm up and cool down movement that improves blood flow and tissue extensibility in the calf muscles.
Sit on the floor and rest your lower leg on the roller. Start rolling up the calf muscle towards the knee. When you feel a tight spot, pause for 5-10s and relax. Continue rolling for a total of 30s-40s, and repeat on the other leg.
The calf muscles are used in many every day and gym-based movements, from standing, walking and running to crawling, hopping and jumping. As such, they are prone to excessive tightness, which can increase the risk of ankle and knee injuries. Regular use of the foam roller will keep these muscles healthy and well nourished.
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