The terrifying thing is that an
increasing number of women who are unsatisfied with the size of their
calves are seriously considering calf reduction surgery to help them get
the legs they want. Is this really necessary? Not really, because there
are others and less invasivex.
1. Skater Hops:How to Do:
- Lower your body toward the floor, knees slightly bent, then jump off your left leg.
- Land on the right foot, lifting your left leg behind you, then jump from right to left, lifting the right leg behind you.
- Keep hopping like this until you complete 15 reps on each side.
2. Standing Calf Raise:How to Do:
- Stand near a wall or chair for balance. Place your feet hip-distance apart with the ankles, knees and hips square to the front.
- Once you are stable, slowly lift your heels off the ground raising the body upward (not forward or backward).
- Tuck your butt under just a bit and tighten the abs as you raise.
- Hold this position for 3 to 10 seconds (you will be able to hold it longer as you get stronger).
- Release and repeat 10 to 20 times.
3. Pivoting Curtsy Lunge:How to Do:
- Standing with feet hip-width apart, step your right foot diagonally behind you and into a 7 o’clock position.
- Bend both knees so you’re in a lunge stance.
- Lean your torso forward 30 degrees and pulse up and town 10-15 times.
- Straighten the body and pivot 180 degrees so your right foot comes to the front. Again, lower into a lunge.
- Pulse up and down 10-15 times on each side to complete one set; do 3 sets.
4. Roller Calf Stretching:How to Do:
- Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out, optionally with the ankles crossed for added weight, resting on the foam roller at your ankles.
- Place your hands on the floor behind your back for support.
- Lift your buttocks up slightly off the floor and push yourself down so that the foam roller rolls up towards your knees.
- Continue for 30 seconds to 1 minute and switch the cross of your ankles to repeat on the opposite side.