Written by Abrar Khan

The 7 Essential Calf Stretches

Downward Dog

1

The key to getting a calf stretch out of this classic yoga pose is to press your heels toward the ground.

Seated Calf Stretch With a Resistance Band

2

“Bands are good options for people with really tight hamstrings and calves to increase range of motion,'.

Toes on Wall Stretch

3

here to really make the most of this calf stretch—and be sure to wear sneakers so you can maintain a grip on the wall!

Lunging Calf Stretch

4

A straight back leg means you’re going to feel it in the gastrocnemius, the large muscle of your calf.”

Heel Drop Stretch

5

For this stretch, you’ll need a step, a box, or the edge of a treadmill. “I love using gravity to assist stretches,”

Standing Bent-Over Calf Stretch

6

“[It’s] great to get the entire posterior chain, as one [muscle group] effects the other,”

Half Split Stretch

7

While this pose is primarily thought of as a hamstring stretch, it also loosens up tight calves, too.