Calf Stretch Exercise Guide

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Calf Stretch is a none exercise that works your calves and soleus.

Calf Stretch is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your legs, lower body and lower legs.

It requires none to do.

Calf Stretch

How to do Calf Stretch


Face wall on both legs slightly twisted. Place fore foot on wall with heel on surface.


Stand up and step your left foot out in front of you. Place the heal of your left foot down on the floor and push your hips back as you bend down with a flat back. Reach your arms forwards and down to try and touch your left toes with your hands. Repeat on the right leg.

Actively lift your toes up and back towards your knee to increase the stretch on the calf muscle. You will also feel this stretch in your hamstrings.


  • Keep knee of stretched leg bent.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do calf stretch from this step-by-step illustrations:

Calf Stretch 1
Calf Stretch 2

Muscles Worked

The muscles used for calf stretch may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for calf stretch are:

Primary Muscles

  • Calves
  • Soleus

Synergyst Muscles

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Calf Stretch work?
Calf Stretch works calves, soleus.
What is Calf Stretch good for?
Calf Stretch is beneficial for stretching. It works the best for legs, lower body and lower legs, as it works calves, soleus. Calf Stretch is a great none exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Calf Stretch a good exercise?
Calf Stretch is a popular none exercise for calves, soleus.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Calf Stretch Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Calf Stretch Standards and Averages


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Calf Stretch Alternatives


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Calf Stretch Variations

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Muscles Worked Gastrocnemius, Soleus
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy, Simple
Location At Gym
Major Exercise Single Leg Stretch

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Calves, Soleus
Synergyst muscle(s)

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