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2/4/12 3:10 P

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"...I'm pretty much ignore what you have to say."

Ouch! That's harsh. I feel judged. For me, SP is a community of individuals all striving for greater wellness. I appreciate that so very much. It helps me in my own progress. This is not the first time I have experienced differing opinions and differing contexts. This is the first time I have felt excluded.

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2/4/12 2:16 P

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I'm sorry Petalia, I've just found out that you have 11% BF or was on the way there while you were posting here. Being as athletic as you are on top of that kind of BF, your experience just doesn't apply to most people. You're in a totally different category and I'm pretty much ignore what you have to say. That's just my non-expert opinion.

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2/4/12 2:01 P

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Hmm...I do calf raises (as well as lowering below the level of my opposite foot) on a step every day and I jump rope every day, barefoot. In the beginning (late last winter/early spring), my calves would get tight and sore a bit. Now, not at all. I do some calf stretches and strengthening exercises rather religiously to avoid injury. It seems to be working for me so far.

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2/4/12 1:39 P

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I agree with Yassemine about the calf raises. You can over exercise the calves. You're already using the calves a lot when jumping rope. Over use them by jumping rope or calf raises can lead to achilles tendonitis. The tight calves will have no where to go but to pull on the achilles leading to achilles problems. That's what I had.

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8/25/11 11:45 A

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When I first started incorporating rope jumping into my workouts, my calves were always sore after jumping even though I would stretch my calves before jumping.... Now I make sure to only rope jump after a proper warm up that gets my heart rate up.
I don't regularly do calf raises in my workouts because I feel that I exercise them enough with jogging and jumping. And I end up doing some 40-50 calf raises in the shower after a workout!

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SP has several calf stretches and some calf strengthening exercises. As others have been talking about it, stretching before and after jumping is so important! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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I've been doing calf raises on a step. My hands use a wall for balance. I do this in my bare feet. Now I'm trying not to use the wall and balance on my own - challenging!

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