Ankle flexibility stretches can have many positive implications on both daily life and athletic activities. Lower leg mobility is often overlooked and most athletes don't go much past the standard calve stretches. Dance and ballet schools go deeper and include various foot, ankle, and toes exercises and also front of the lower leg stretches, which still don't work or are very slow to produce results for many people.
Who can use ankle flexibility stretches?
While this applies mostly to skills which involve ground reaction forces, others can benefit as well.
For example, martial artists with foot position for kicks (plantar flexion for the roundhouse kick or dorsiflexion for the side kick), dance foot position (dorsiflexion in plie and plantar flexion in pointe) can benefit from improved ankle mobility.
Many power lifters, olympic lifters and bodybuilders are able to get deeper into the squats and with proper form, as the results of better ankle flexibility.
Like all the other Zaichik stretching programs, this ankle stretching program takes each movement apart into all the participating muscles for the movements of the foot. There are various muscles that points the toes and pulls them in. Each one is worked on individually.
- Using the Zaichik Stretching principles of "action vs action", the pain of the stretch reflex is avoided.
- This allows for faster flexibility gains.
- Together with the stretching exercises, the strengthening exercises protect the joints and allow long term flexibility retention.
- You will see results right away in the first training session.
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