Race Walking Training

Calf Exercises

Strengthening muscles involves balance. While athletes often focus on their shins, they neglect their complementary muscles, the calves. 

Similar to the shin exercise, by slowly walking on your toes, you strengthen your calves.


  1. Walk slowly, with a stride of no more than 6 inches. Remember, it’s not a race. 

  2. As you walk, focus on keeping your heels as high off the ground as possible.

  3. Walk this way for about 25 yards.

  4. If your calves tire quickly, stop walking on your toes briefly and stretch your calves a little. Then complete the rest of the exercise. If 25 yards feels really easy, try to go a little further.

Once you finish the exercise, it’s always a good idea to stretch the calves completely as shown here.


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