Stronger calves with elevator shoes

July 12, 2018

 

Wearing elevator shoes has many benefits other than just helping you stand tall, and stronger calves is one of them.

This is great news for anyone who doesn’t train their calves at the gym, and won’t ever get round to training them.

Due to the slightly elevated heel lift of Jennen Shoes, you’ll be encouraged to constantly work your calf muscles with each stride.

If you’re new to wearing height-increasing shoes, you’ll notice a calf workout the first few times you walk in elevator shoes. This is one of the reasons why we recommend only wearing Jennen Shoes for 15 to 20 minute intervals in the beginning.  

Once you become familiar with wearing heel lift shoes, you may no longer feel your calves working out, but rest assure that the angle of your feet inside your Jennen Shoes will be working your calves’ slow-twitch muscle fibres.

The other great news is that since you’re upright and walking, you’ll be working out the two main muscle groups of the calves: the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Both the gastrocnemius and soleus muscle groups contribute to giving overall and distinctive diamond-shape, muscular calves.

Working out the slow-twitch fibres in your calf muscles will have long-term benefits, as they are responsible for providing overall stability of the ankle complex, which means you’ll be less prone to injury.

 

Workout your slow-twitch calf muscles in elevator shoes

By wearing elevator shoes, you'll already be working out your calf muscles. However, you can go a step further to work them out a little more. When walking, focus on rolling up onto your toes and into a full extension at the end of each stride. You'll almost feel like you're walking on your tip toes. You don't have to do this all the time, but do it now and then to get the benefits. 

If you’re standing around in your Jennen Shoes, try standing on tippy toes and holding this position for a minute or longer. This will work out your stabilising muscles as well. You’ll feel the burn in your calves after a few minutes.

Though walking and standing in elevator shoes will predominantly work the slow-twitch muscle fibres of your calves, it’s a good foundation for building calf strength and will hopefully encourage you to add a few fast-twitch calf muscle exercises to your workout routine.

 

Workout your fast-twitch calf muscles in elevator shoes

 

 

 

It doesn’t take much to go from ‘I don’t work out my calves’ to ‘I work them out everyday’. Whether you’re wearing height-increasing footwear or not, the easiest way to work out your fast-twitch fibres in your calf muscles is simply by doing explosive jump squats.

Start in a low squat position with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then jump directly up as high and as quickly as you can, focusing on your toes’ last point of contact with the ground. When landing, try to make as little noise as possible. This will ensure you're landing correctly with minimal impact on your joints. 

Doing one set of 20 explosive jump squats along with wearing your Jennen Shoes on a daily basis will be a good start to working out your calves.

At the end of the day, don’t forget to stretch your calf muscles. Dedicating at least one minute to stretching your calves each night is time well spent.

As always, thanks for reading and don’t forget to stand tall!

 


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