Calf stretch on step

Performing a calf stretch on a step is a progression from a standard calf stretch on the floor. It helps to gain more range of motion at the ankle which places a bigger stretch on the calf muscles.

Teaching points:

  • Stand on the floor in front of a small step or thick book.
  • Lift the toes up to be on the step, keeping the heel on the floor and the knee straight.
  • Shift your bodyweight forwards until a stretch can be felt in the calf muscles.
  • To stretch the Soleus muscle, bend the knee slightly.

Muscles stretched: