Thread: Lower Leg Question/exercises.
12/20/2004 6:19pm, #11
Do static calf stretches, and then squat with proper form as far down (no farther than thighs parallel to the floor of course) as you can while maintaining control of the weight. Proper form and posture is more important than ROM. ROM will come gradually with the stretching and lifting.
12/20/2004 6:22pm, #12
Once you adapt to the proper posture, you'll find that you'll get a lot stronger. This is for a couple reasons. First, when you have proper posture, spinal alignment and support, your body will allow you to recruit the muscles you're using to a greater degree. Second of all, your body is designed to use proper posture, so you'll be recruiting the prime movers to a much greater degree. When you do any movement with incorrect posture, your prime movers only take a part of the load, and the rest gets tranferred to stabilizers which aren't meant to actually move the weight, this is called "synergistic dominance" and it's bad.
12/20/2004 6:22pm, #13Originally Posted by AkiraMusashi
12/21/2004 12:25am, #14
When one muscle is tight (in this case, your calves), over time its antagonist (in this case the anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis or peroneal complex, depending on which function of the calf we're talking about) become lengthened, and thus, weaker. Because of this lengthening, it's often tight (which leads people to stretch incorrectly, but that's a whole other story)... and this leads to adhesions. Adhesions are basically knots in the muscle fascia. They're tender to the touch, and as many of us know, large lumps around the shin area can put a lot of pressure on the bone, causing it to hurt when it bears weight.
12/21/2004 12:31am, #15
If you train martial arts, or run alot, you probably don't need to be doing calf-raises and such. Your shin splints could be caused by over exersion, poor footwear or dehydration."Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.
12/21/2004 2:13am, #16
I never run. Ever. :-D Man I'm such a slacker when it comes to stretching. I thought the seated ham string stretch stretched the calf also. Negative. I bought some books on proper stretching today. I just stretched my right calf and it was really friggin rigid. I'm gonna drop down a bit of weight with my squats till I get my form right. So, my legs shouldn't be further than my hips, and what about going below parallel? I've read mixed reports on it producing better/more hypertrophy going below parallel. Any backing to this? Also, how long will it take before I get rid of these adhesions? What you described has made me worried that my leg is going to explode.
MediReindeer- What is RICE? I'm guessing the first letter is, Rest? I'm off for the week from working out as it's Christmas and my Gym's closed all week.
12/21/2004 2:39am, #17
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12/21/2004 2:42am, #18
RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
As far as going below parallel, it's not a hypertrophy issue (the difference would be minimal if any)..... but the bigger issue is that going below parallel can increase risk of injury to the knees.
TBK is correct, you shouldn't be doing calf raises n ****.
Finally, the hamstrings in most people are the LAST muscle that needs to be statically stretched. The postural deviation that requires hamstring stretching is far far less common than the one in which the hamstrings are actually already lengthened.
12/21/2004 3:02am, #19
I only do the seated plate loaded raises to work my calves. Is this bad? I want to work my calves a bit with some weight, but if it's pointless, any better ideas?
12/21/2004 3:18am, #20
Are you a bodybuilder? No? Then don't do it.