Calves - lower legs. Why do I have to do work my calves? You have to work your entire body.
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Our next exercise is for the calves, the lower legs. People ask me, why do I need to work my lower legs, my calves? I’ve got 50lbs to lose or more. Why don’t I do calorie burning exercises? Well, you will. That’s part of the program in the recommendations. But we need to work the entire body for balance, from top to bottom. So, we are going to be performing this “Single Leg Calf Raise”. Cathy’s body is nice and straight. She is supporting herself on the chair. She’s going to actually bend the left leg, okay, and then she is going to lift the right heel and come up on the big toe. That’s all you are doing, come down and up and down. She’s working the calf muscle. This is how we get the contraction. Perfect form, she is exhaling as she comes up, inhaling as she comes down, blowing it around as she comes up. Inhales as she comes down. Notice her chin, nice and straight. She’s not leaning over, she’s not bending forward, straight body, very good. What I want you to do is perform 12 repetitions on each side. Let’s begin with the right calf, 12 repetitions on each side. Remember your breathing, your posture. Cathy is going all over that big toe to feel the contraction. You will always want to feel that muscles. Some of these exercises may take practice to feel it more and more, but I guarantee you will feel them all. Are you feeling it, Cathy? You’re feeling that? Good. Right in the calf? Very good. Good. 12 on the other side now. Up, up on that big toe. Remember, don’t bend forward. Keep your body nice and straight. Blow the air out as you push up. Inhale as you come down all the way up, really feel it. Good job. All 12 repetitions. Perfect form, very good. Excellent. Excellent. That’s “One Leg Calf Raise”. Let’s move on.