Machine standing calf raise. An isolation exercise. Target muscle: Gastrocnemius. Synergists: Soleus. The gastrocnemius and soleus make up your calf. Visit site and read the "Comments and tips" to learn how to emphasize each head of the gastrocnemius.
Stretching the calf muscles regularly can help to improve flexibility. Below we explain how to properly stretch the calf muscles. The calf muscles mainly consist of the larger gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle which is located deeper and lower down the leg. To effectively stretch both
Gastrocnemius Origin superior to articular surfaces of lateral condyle of femur and medial condyle of femur Insertion tendo calcaneus (achilles tendon) into mid-posterior calcaneus Artery sural arteries Nerve tibial nerve from the sciatic, specifically, nerve roots S1–S2 Actions plantar flexes foot, flexes knee Antagonist Tibialis anterior muscle