AEMRICH wrote:Hey guys couple exercise questions.I've been running on the treadmill lately and every time i run the front of my lcalf eft always feels really tight any tips on how to prevent this? Also What are some good exercises to build stronger calves and pecs, without machines and just some free weights at home?
A "tightness"...well...I'm no expert, but make sure you are running heel/toe heel/toe, because I think running on the balls of your feet could cause tightness in the front calf area...otherwise, if it's muscle tightness (not sure what other kind it could be
) I would try to isolate the tight area in a stretch after you get warmed up a bit...also stretch it after you are finished running. Sounds like a difficult muscle to isolate with a stretch, but if you put your toe in the ground and put resistance at a certain angle, you should be able to get it.
I'm not a sports doctor but I did stay at a Holliday Inn last night...
I've suffered from shin splints over the years as well, and actually, usually it's caused by landing on your heel too hard when you run. Proper long distance form is supposed to be a flat footstrike, although I don't do that either. Sprinting is supposed to be on the balls of your feet.
Make sure you stretch it out beforehand, I sit on the ground with my legs in front of me, point my toes as far forward as I can and then reach for them. You should feel the stretch in your shins.
You can try to change your form to land as flat-footed as possible by keeping your weight over your legs and not taking long strides.
An easy way to help is to get good running shoes. If you run a lot, it's worth getting some Asics Gel 1130s or whatever that are going to give you good support and heel cushion when you run. You can also get certain insoles that'll help alleviate some of the stress on your shins. I went to a New Balance store and they did a computer analysis of my arches and weight distribution, as well as my running stride, and recommended some shoes. I think it was kind of BS, but my shins haven't hurt since, so maybe not.