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    I have been working with BWO+, but I get incredible tightness down the sides of my calves and into my ankles. I have been trying to walk as well and cannot get very far before the tightness causes me to stop. I've been sedentary quite a while and I imagine the muscles have shortened from lack of use. I'm stretching, but not seeing the progress that is leading to mobility. Even as I type this I am aware of a tightness down the sides of my lower legs. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Hi Daylily,

    The foot exercises help me release the tightness in the foot to knee area, check these:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFoLoOut3lQ

    (middle of w.o. sequence, if I remember correctly) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LLUhTwXjnk


    Also, have you tried foam rolling or using balls for self-masage? I have tried glass or firm plastic bottles, with warm water, too. I learned from my physical therapist. Here's a guide.

    I hope you find relief and get more suggestions.

    HTH!
    Last edited by GreenGem; 03-11-2018, 09:27 PM.
    Main thing is to not overdo -Trisch
    Always do each movement to your own personal max ability - Teresa
    Be kind to yourself and listen to your body... Tomorrow is another day! ....This too shall pass...
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    • #3
      Another tip to try--shift weight into your heels before pushing knees out. That will stabilize your ankles and put less pressure on your calves. It will also activate your entire let if you think to turn out the leg from ankles to knees to hips vs just pushing knees out.

      Kick out often--after each move, between each set of Plies and between sides of moves. That will help as you build muscle strength and endurance.

      One more thing--be sure you activate core vs just tucking tailbone under. Think belly button UP and back to spine, then tighten the buns. Watch that your toes aren't "scrunching" and gripping inside your shoes--they try to "help" the core out! Weight in heels will help correct that and help remind you to tuck using core.

      Let me know if that helps!
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      • #4
        You can also use magnesium gel or lotion and rub your calves and ankles before your workout or after to help. Sometimes muscle cramping is a sign of low magnesium. I also rub my lower legs down before a workout when I'm dealing with muscle tightness due to inconsistency with my moves. HTH!
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        ((¸¸.·´ ..·´ Trisch -:¦:-
        -:¦:- ((¸¸.·´*

        Master T-Tapp Trainer in Indiana, certified in all workouts!

        From a 22W to an 8!

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        • #5
          I have very tight calf muscles, too. The above suggestions have helped me. I don't know if you have any floor workouts but I often do a loosening/lymph moving move that is on most of the floor workouts.

          Lie on your back, legs straight up, lower back pushed in the floor. Alternate flexing and pointing your feet several times. Then rotate your feet several times in each direction.

          I also do trigger point therapy at home. I have a kit that I bought but golf balls and a rolling pin will work. You can find videos on YouTube for massaging your legs with golf balls and/or a rolling pin. Breathe VERY DEEPLY while you're doing it. I have tendonitis and bound fascia in both calves so it was very painful for me the first time but I had such amazing relief that first time I did it that I kept at it. It really helps. Just do it gently at first and build up to a pressure that feels best to you.
          Lisa. 45 years old.
          Homeschooling 4 great kids and nursing surprise toddler #5.
          T-Tapping since 2010, consistent since 2015!
          Current favorites: Teresa's Favorite Fascia Stretch & Hit the Floor Tempo. I miss the holiday workouts!
          Living in the Selkirk mountains.

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          • #6
            Oh, and if I miss my ReMag I can feel it in my calves! I have to take 2 capfuls a day.
            Lisa. 45 years old.
            Homeschooling 4 great kids and nursing surprise toddler #5.
            T-Tapping since 2010, consistent since 2015!
            Current favorites: Teresa's Favorite Fascia Stretch & Hit the Floor Tempo. I miss the holiday workouts!
            Living in the Selkirk mountains.

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            • #7
              These are all GREAT suggestions, everyone. thank you. I'm going to give them a try and let you know how I fare.

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