calf muscles

How to Foam Roll Your Hamstrings & Calves

Runners have notoriously tight hamstrings. Foam rolling helps releases them and allows your muscles to work more in harmony. Below we show you how to roll out your hamstrings. Start where your hamstrings attach to your gluteus maximus (your butt) and slowly roll down your leg. Stop before you hit the back of your knee. When you get to a particular tight spot, stay an extra few breaths and try to sink into the foam roller a bit more.

Next, move down to your calf muscle. These muscles (the soleus and the gastrocnemius) are the muscles that help you push off and move forward, which will make you faster. Take time to stretch and roll out these muscles and you'll see your running improve, especially up hills!

Happy foam rolling!