Calves are easily one of the most avoided muscle groups when it comes to muscle groups that you actively workout in the gym. Some may not see the benefit, others may not see the point if they’re covered up all the time and then there’s those that just like to skim on leg days in general. Here’s some benefits to isolating your calves in your workouts and giving them some much needed love…
Reduce the chance of injuries
When the calf muscles stretch too far sprains can occur. Avoiding your calf muscles in your workouts can result in a loss of strength and conditioning needed to support your athletic activities. This is especially true for the cardio lovers i.e. runners, sprinting etc.
Power and stability
We generate power from the ground up and a lot of it starts with your feet, ankles and calves. Strong calf muscles are the foundation for stability in our bodies while we stand, run, jump or even generate power from the ground upwards i.e. deadlifts, squats. By training your calves you can improve your foot, ankle and knee stability and reduce the chance of turning your foot inwards or outwards.
Since calves play a huge role in body deceleration, they improve your overall athleticism. You need to exercise calves to allow them to tolerate heavier loads and maintain slow deceleration to avoid injury.
Ever noticed people who wear high heels have great looking calves? Working on your calves on a leg day will give them a much needed looks boost, as well as portraying a more balanced physique overall.