Calves (Gastrocnemius & Soleus) Exercises

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Exercises


Squats on the Balance Board
Summary

This exercise will help train balance as well as leg strength.

  • Muscle Group: Buttocks, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Balance Board
  • Categories: Strength, Balance
Lunges with the Balance Board
Summary

This is a challenging and fun thigh and glute exercise.

  • Muscle Group: Buttocks, Hamstrings, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Balance Board
  • Categories: Strength, Balance
Squats on Upside-Down BOSU
Summary

This exercise focuses on the quads and overall stability.

  • Muscle Group: Buttocks, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: BOSU
  • Categories: Strength, Balance
Hip Flexor and Groin Stretch
Summary

This exercise is designed to stretch the hip flexors, calves, and groin muscles. As with all stretching you should only do them after an adequate warm-up to avoid injury.

  • Muscle Group: Calves, Hip Flexors, Buttocks, Groin: Inner Thigh, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Mat, None
  • Categories: Stretches
Hamstring Curls with Exercise Ball (Advanced)
Summary

This exercise not only strengthens the hamstrings, but also increases core strength and stability.

  • Muscle Group: Back, Buttocks, Hamstrings, Back: Lower, Abs: Side, Core, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Ball
  • Categories: Strength, Core
Balance on BOSU (both feet)
Summary

Beginner balance exercise. To increase difficulty try this exercise with your eyes closed.

  • Muscle Group: Calves, Buttocks, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: BOSU
  • Categories: Balance
Hamstring Curls (Single Leg) with Exercise Ball (Advanced)
Summary

Advanced Hamstring Exercise. Due to the position you are in and the fact that your using an exercise ball you will also working your core for stability.

  • Muscle Group: Back, Buttocks, Hamstrings, Back: Lower, Abs: Side, Core, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Ball
  • Categories: Strength, Core, Balance
BOSU Calf Stretch
Summary

Standing calf stretch using a BOSU. This stretch is really good for people who play sports that require a lot of jumping, or if you run or walk up hill a lot.

  • Muscle Group: Calves
  • Equipment: BOSU
  • Categories: Stretches
Standing Hamstring Stretch
Summary

Basic Hamstring Stretch

  • Muscle Group: Back, Hamstrings, Back: Lower
  • Equipment: None
  • Categories: Stretches
Single Leg Balance on BOSU
Summary

Good for knee stability or improving general balance.

  • Muscle Group: Calves, Buttocks, Hamstrings, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: BOSU
  • Categories: Balance
Standing Calf Stretch
Summary

Standing Calf Stretch

  • Muscle Group: Calves
  • Equipment: None
  • Categories: Stretches
Hamstring Curls (Single Leg) with Exercise Ball (Beginner)
Summary

This is a more difficult exercise on the ball for hamstring strength and core stability.

  • Muscle Group: Back, Buttocks, Hamstrings, Back: Lower, Abs: Side, Core, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Ball
  • Categories: Strength, Core
Hamstring Curls with Exercise Ball (Beginner)
Summary

This is another starter exercise to gain stability with the ball.

  • Muscle Group: Back, Buttocks, Hamstrings, Back: Lower, Core, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Ball
  • Categories: Strength, Core
Squats with Band
Summary

Squats are one of the best exercises for the legs, buttocks and many other stabilizing muscle groups. This is a variation that uses the exercise band as opposed to free weights or no weights or resistance. If you would like to vary the challenge of this exercise try changing the strength of the exercise bands you are using.

  • Muscle Group: Buttocks, Quads, Hip Stabilizers
  • Equipment: Exercise Tube or Band
  • Categories: Strength
Calf Stretch
Summary

This is one of the most effective and simplest calf stretches.

  • Muscle Group: Calves
  • Equipment: Exercise Mat, None
  • Categories: Stretches

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