Thursday 27 November 2014

Three simple steps to get your calves looking shapely in heels

Question: Just looking for advice on obtaining shapely lower legs/calves.

Answer: Just like any part of the body, you need to ensure you have a balanced and full body exercise routine. Ideally your routine should consist of cardiovascular work, resistance work and stretching work, too. These three components are the foundations of any exercise routine and will give you the best body possible.

In terms of the calves, one of the benefits for women for having shapely calves is that they can visually make your legs look longer. By having slender calves that narrow as the leg goes towards the ankle and developing the muscles of the calves gives you that vertical line at the side of the calf that looks so good in high heels.

So they are the reasons for having some calf exercises in your routine. But what should they be? Here are my favourite three:

Regular calf raises: Stand on a block, with the balls of your feet on the block and your heels over the edge. Keeping your core engaged and your back straight, simply go up onto your tippy toes and then bring your heels towards the floor. Repeat for 20 reps; 3 sets.

V calf raises: Now bring your heels together, and your feet into a v-shape between your toes. It's the very same range of motion as the first exercise but the change in your feet works a different part of the calves. Do 20 reps and 3 sets.

A calf raises: Now bring your toes together and keep your heels away from each other until you have an A shape. Again, the change in foot position works different muscle groups. Do 20 reps and 3 sets. Simply add these into your current training routine and you will see your calves shape up super-fast.

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