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8/26/13 8:03 A

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I do lots of calf stretching as well as calf strengthening exercises before and after jumping rope. It's worked well for me. I do calf raises to strengthen the calves, and always after jumping some calf stretches. SP has several calf stretches and some calf strengthening exercises: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
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SP probably has other calf strengthening and stretching exercises. It's worth investigating. The calf raises I do after every time after I jump rope going on two years now. Something else I do when my calves are tight: Sit on the floor with legs extended. Sandwich a tennis ball or a squash ball between one calf and the floor. Slid your calf up and down and around allowing the ball to massage your calf. You are in charge as to how much pressure you use. This also feels good running the ball under a barefoot while standing up. You can also place the ball in a sock and stand against a wall, sandwiching the ball between you and the wall. Hold the end of the sock while allowing the ball to massage around a sore hip, shoulder, etc...



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8/26/13 2:09 A

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Does anyone have any particular stretches they do after jumping---I'm finding that my calves are really tight. It could be in part to being out of practice, but I'm also finding that they're sore for at least a day after I jump. Any suggestions? :)

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