You may not specifically work on building calf muscles as much as you may other parts of the body but that doesn’t mean that the calves won’t still need some love from time to time. The calf release is a convenient movement to do whether you are at home, the gym, or even at work if you have a spare five minutes.
The calf release movement
The calf release basically entails sitting on the ground with one leg outstretched, on top of a trigger point ball and moving around until you find a sore spot. When you are performing the calf release, consider the following:
- If you are looking for an intense, dynamic stretch, lift yourself off the ground slightly with your hands and work the trigger point ball up and down your calf from your Achilles to your knee. This will help to lengthen the stressed muscles.
- Alternatively, find a knot, and rest your leg still on this point for a minute or two. Flex your toes forward and back contracting and releasing the calf muscles whilst the knot is being pressured by the trigger point ball.
- Don’t forget to work right to the edges of your calves. They will be as tight, if not tighter than the large muscles running down the centre of your leg.
- Rolling over and working on the shins can also be beneficial but be cautious of the tibia (the shin bone). Rolling a trigger point ball over the tibia will just hurt!
- See demo video below
The calf release feels amazing when you finish up and is likely one mobility drill that doesn’t get a lot of attention. But for ankle range of motion and power through the legs, the calf release is a must have in your mobility repertoire.