Can you target the inside or outside calf by training different muscle lengths?

Team no calves! What is it with calves? I was so obsessed with building my calves that I overtrained them and tore my left medial gastrocnemius head…ouch! Anyway, I had previously done a video on whether you can target the inside or outside parts of the calf and it would appear that turning your feet in or out can achieve this but what about the length of the muscle, so in a stretched or shorter position? That’s what this study looks at and by the way, if you need to find out about the turning bit check out my older video on this. So back to this new research, can you target the inside or outside calf by training different muscle lengths?

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  • Paz, Gabriel Andrade, et al. “Myoelectric activity of the gastrocnemius during plantar flexion in a standing versus seated position and with a neutral or dorsiflexed ankle: a pilot study.” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2020).

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