06 Pre-Beginner: Calves Standing Calf Raise Video

Watch this video to focus on lower leg circulation and your calf muscles.
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For our next exercise, we are going to be focusing on lower leg circulation and the calf muscles. The calf muscles are the muscles right behind the lower part of the leg. And, the reason why I like this exercise—it’s called Stand Calf Raises. The reason why I like this exercise is that a lot of people have very poor circulation in the lower part of the legs. And, a lot of people neglect this area of the body. That is how pulls happen and that is how injuries happen. I always like to focus on the entire body—strengthening it and adding cardiovascular exercise. What we are going to do is—Cathy has got her feet about should-width apart. Her hands are on the top of the chair and she’s going to rise up on the toes. Actually, she’s going up on the big toe and coming down, all the way, and then she comes down again. Your heels can hit the ground, that’s fine, but you can see the calf muscles working here. She’s also creating circulation—blood flow into the area which is very important. Very good. So, you never want to focus just on the thighs and neglect the lower part of the leg. You always want to keep that circulation moving and working the entire body. Now, let’s do the actual repetitions. We’re going to go for 12 repetitions on this one. Very good. Going up towards the big to. Excellent. Notice her posture also. She is not bending over, she is not leaning back, the chin is up, the chest is up, she’s not leaning forward, tummy is nice and tight. Very good. She is contracting and tightening the calf muscles as she comes up. Good job Cathy. Excellent. And when you reach 12, you’re done. Perfect. Very good. Standing Calf Raises. Let’s move on to our next exercise.

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