Calves 🦵 Anatomy Focus
Our Calf is actually composed of two muscles - the Soleus (lower part) and the Gastrocnemius (upper part).
The main movement of the calf muscles is Plantar Flexion, this means pointing the foot, doing a calf raise and jumping. The Gastrocnemius portion of the calf also contributes to flexing (bending) the knee.
Calf raises are a great way to strengthen the muscles of the calf - you can add an extra challenge by doing them on one leg or with your eyes closed.
Strong calf muscles will not only add power to your jumps and tumbling but also help to prevent injury to the ankle such as as strains and sprains.