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What is the best stretch to alleviate pain after a charley horse?

Once in a while I’ll wake up to a lovely charley horse (or muscle spasm) in my calf. What is the best stretch or exercise to do immediately following this?
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How much weight to use for barbell calf raises?

I'm looking for a way to determine the barbell weight to use for calf raises. Ideally I would like a relative formula, percentage. Relative to something like body weight or a base line lift like ...
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Calves Hypertrophy

I have been doing single leg calf raises every day for about 6 months now. Every set (per leg) is a drop set. I stop my calf workout when I cant do more than 3 per leg. My form is good, I am eating in ...
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How long does it take to see results from increasing psoas flexibility

I'm in physical therapy for tight calves and achilles tendinopathy that is believed to have been caused by a tight psoas. I've been doing the psoas exercises for two weeks and while my hips are more ...
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Does standing to lift weights work your legs

If I'm standing to do upper body work, am I also working my legs (specifically calves)? Thank you.
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What is this calf gym machine called?

I would like to buy a calf machine like the one on the picture below. When they have adjustable weights and the shoulder pads, does anyone know what they are called then?
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Controlling muscle growth from running

Background: I'm a 28 year old male, 176cm, 68kg. I used to go swimming for 60min three times a week before the pandemic. Due to the latter, public pools in my country have shut down, and I have not ...
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effective hypertrophy routine for calves

I struggle heavily with putting some meat onto my calves despite working them out quite good in my opinion. Right now, I am following a powerlifting routine that looks like this: Mon: S/B/D Tue: ...
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Being a beginner why do I have long after pains in my calves and below after Jogging? [closed]

I am 27 years old and have recently joined MMA. They always start with the warm up jogging. We do the warmup jog in inside the MMA joint with those soft mats without any footwear. Since I am the ...
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Can tight hip flexors cause tight hamstrings?

Today I noticed that when I sit like this: My left leg goes comfortably all the way down, but my right leg won't. It won't go down past 45 degrees unless stretched. Does this mean that the right hip ...
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My calf’s are always in pain [closed]

This started happening only recently. In high school about a couple years ago I used to play a lot of sports. Almost every day I’d be either playing soccer, basket ball, or football. I never had any ...
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Legs hurt while running despite rest period

I'm a relatively new runner and have managed to keep it up for about a month now of doing 2 miles or so every two days. I'm 5'11 and weigh 80.4kg However, I've come across a problem I cant seem to ...
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Train Calfs and Abs weight- or repetition-based?

I'm doing one-legged standing calf raises and crunches in my workout routine. A lot of people talk about training these two muscle groups (calfs and abs) specifically based on repetition, therefor ...
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Which sports persons have more developed calves/ calf muscles due to sport activity & training protocols/ exercises?

Which sports persons tend to have more developed calves/ calf muscles due to the sport activity & training protocols/ exercises? I'm asking who has them, and what kind of activity, workouts, ...
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What exercise raises calf insertion?

I know in general people working calves are looking to bulk them up. I have the opposite problem, my insertion points are too low and makes wearing shorts look stupid. How do you raise insertion ...
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In need of calf stretch ideas for someone with minimal use of legs?

I have just started walking a little bit again with the help of crutches and braces after 5 years in a wheelchair but my calfs and knees are extremely tight and hurt after just a few minutes of ...
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Thighs and calfs never sore after the workout [duplicate]

When I go to the gym for e.g. a hard chest workout, the next day or two I can feel my chest be a little sore while it tries to recover. But I never get this feeling with my thighs and calfs although ...
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Calf raises to failure and numbness

Last week I was doing some high-rep sets of calf raises and something odd happened. On my 5th and final set I planned to go to failure, with at least 60 reps as the goal. At about 50 reps it burned ...
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Bodyweight Squats v. Barbell Squats for Calf Development/Involvement?

So we already know that barbell squats pack on more mass than air squats; no mystery there. But I am wondering about the role that calves play in both of these. I have heard air squats involve minimal ...
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What are some training types that strengthen getting up muscles?

While standing in a position like this I want to be able to jump off the ground easily with one foot). Normal squats don't work well for this kind of a movement. Pistol squat is a better practice, ...
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How can I fully train my calves? [duplicate]

I currently train them by just from a standing position going up onto the tips of my toes. Some variations I did were holding weights at the same time or doing one leg at a time which improves balance ...
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Calf cramps after swimming - pain persisting 2 days later [duplicate]

So, 2 days ago I was swimming in the ocean with my kids for a while, I also did some freestyle swimming for exercise - about 250M. I swim a decent amount but that plus just swimming with my kids was ...
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Muscular guy built up calves of steel by carrying buckets of water up and down stairs at state prison?

A friend of mine, while serving his prison sentence, claims he was able to build his calf muscles by carrying heavy buckets of water up and down the stairs. Is this possible?
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Alternative calf exercises

I feel like my calves aren't gaining size proportionally to the rest of my body. In terms of leg exercises, I do all the regular stuff like deadlifts, squats, and a bunch of isolation exercises, ...
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Which rep range contributes to the most hypertrophy of calves?

I've watched videos of two big bodybuilders, Jay Cutler and Hunter Labrada. Both bodybuilders start with the premise of "your calves are being used all day long...". Jay Cutler finishes with You ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

I've been doing sitting/standing donkey calf raises as accessory lifts on my leg days, but am worried that I'm primarily hitting the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. Are there any exercises ...
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developing calf and hip flexor flexibility

I've been doing karate for years now, but I've noticed that my calves and hip flexors are extremely inflexible. My knees can barely move past my toes when flexing my calves, and my hip flexors are so ...
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Will doing heavy deadlifts once a week increase muscle size?

Because of time problems due to school, I only go to the gym once a week. On that day I do heavy deadlifts to get stronger (one of my goals), triceps, and calves. I'm small, and am wondering if this ...
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Any reason to (or not to) vary foot position in seated calf raise?

At the gym today, someone advised me to vary my foot position to better target the different muscles in the calf. Specifically, they advised that I laterally and medially rotate my foot. Intuitively, ...
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Stiff calf after 20 minutes of cycling

My doctor has recommended cycling to heal from a leg injury. I think it is working, but, unfortunately, another problem is arising. My right leg was injured (in the Adductor) and I seem to ...
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How to strengthen calf muscles?

I run regularly for about 6 KM. I have completed multiple 10 K runs. I am targeting a half marathon this September. But when I run distances like 10 K + i get pain in my left calf muscle. I believe I ...
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Should we train calves 3 times per week?

Once i heard, that a our calves have fast recovery time! And they are "hard" to grow, so some professionals defend the ideia of training it 3 times per week, what do you think? Someone have another ...
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How soon after a minor calf injury shoul I start stretching and strengthening?

I suffered a minor calf strain playing indoor cricket yesterday. I iced the muscle for around 4 hours after the injury. It has pulled up stiff and a little sore this morning, although I wouldn't ...
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Calf pain / tightens [closed]

When i do a long run (4 miles) or tempo run, I will get a sharp pain suddenly causing me to slow down to a walk. I will then proceed to ice when I get back home. Any ideas what it might be.
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How do I train my calf muscles?

If the goal is functional performance in a power sport (speed, acceleration, vertical jump), how should one train calves, if at all? Here are the alternatives that I can think of: Don't train calves ...
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Calf muscle recovery time when adapting to forefoot/barefoot running?

I've been adjusting to forefoot/barefoot running for a couple months now. I keep extending my distance or increasing my speed or improving my form. Consequently, my calves have been staying sore for ...
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Warming up calf muscles for general work out session

I'm at the gym 2-3 times per week and run a standard set of machines (full body work out) to stay healthy and (hopefully) tune my body a bit. One of the machines for training the legs always causes ...
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Reducing tightness in calf and soleus

A few weeks back I strained my soleus and have gradually started building up my exercise levels again. I have noticed after a few days back on full exercise that the muscles in my lower leg (calf and ...
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