I did 100 calf raises a day for a week — here’s what happened

I don’t know about you, but I often forget to train my calves. Until now, they’ve not been something I’ve been overly concerned about as I squat, lunge, and deadlift. That said, a recent conversation with a run coach forced me to stop and think about my calf strength — your calf muscles absorb the impact when you’re running or walking and propel you forwards. They’re an essential component when it comes to lower body strength, so why was I neglecting them?

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to add 100 calf raises a day to my routine for a week to see what happened. As a marathon runner, my schedule involves around five runs a week, as well as a couple of strength training sessions, and the odd Pilates or yoga class chucked in for good measure.

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