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Exercise Demonstrations

Leaning Single-Leg Calf Stretch at Wall

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Leaning Single-Leg Calf Stretch at Wall Exercise

Starting Position

Stand facing a wall, about 12 inches away from it. Extend your arms in front of your shoulders to place your hands flat on the wall, keeping the elbows bent. Keeping both feet flat, step or slide your left foot (pictured) back, lengthening your left leg and straightening your arms.

Action

You should feel the stretch in the calf of the back (straight) leg.

Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds. Switch sides.

Special Instructions

Stretch to the point of "mild discomfort," not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Keep the shoulders relaxed away from your ears. The more your lower your heel to the floor, and the farther you slide your straight leg behind you, the deeper you will feel this stretch.

Muscles Stretched: Calves