The calf is comprised of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. This stretch will affect the soleus primarily and gastroc secondarily. This exercise has the added benefit of assessing and increasing ankle range of motion. After mastering this version, you can move your foot away from the wall by 1cm and repeat.
Passive stretching is a technique that aims to lengthen the musculo-tendinous tissues with the use of some sort of external assistance such as a towel, resistance band, bodyweight or even a training partner.
Experts typically recommend avoiding passive stretches just before physical activities, using them instead as a cool down or recovery day tool.
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