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The STACK Exercise of the Week will help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week, we highlight the Eccentric Calf Raise, an exercise that increases explosive calf strength.
The calves are not the largest lower-body muscles, but they're among the most important for every movement that involves foot-ground contact. Developing explosive calves will help you push off the ground harder when running and jumping or against the ice at the end of your skating stride. Strong, explosive calves also help you absorb force, allowing you to slow down faster so you can quickly change direction.
Sets/Reps: 3-4x8-10 each leg