CALF MUSCLES TIGHT = SQUAT SUFFERS
IF YOUR CALF MUSCLES ARE TIGHT, YOU ARE WEAK
PLEASE SHARE THIS TEST!!!!!
Want PROOF that fixing muscle imbalances IMPROVES performance, try this simple test:
1. From a standing position with feet together and heels DOWN, jump as high as can and land with heels DOWN.
2. REPEAT the jump again, but this time jump and land WITH YOUR HEELS RAISED (ie tip toes).
What should be obvious, is that with you heels RAISED you generated less force and could NOT jump as high.
HERE IS SECRET: Standing on your “tip toes” shortened the length of your calf muscle and created an imbalance in your lower leg. When muscles are tight, they are not allowed to stretch out.
WHY THIS IMPORTANT: A muscle needs to stretch out like a rubber-band so that it can “recoil” and create force. If it can’t recoil BUT the body still has a need to create force, then the brain will create a back up plan (compensation). These compensation sacrifice the normal length of a muscle, THUS reducing performance potential and increasing opportunities for pain.
WHAT TO DO: The first step of the corrective exercise PROCESS is lengthen short (tight) muscles. We do this with all sorts of stretching but prior to doing so we need relax the overactive muscles first. We can do this our self with a tennis/lacrosse ball. Use the image below as reference for where common trigger points can be found in the lower leg.