Sometimes at Kung Fu we do partner stretching. Partner stretching is extreme. It typically results in awesome gains and serious stretch umph.
Last night I learned a new partner stretch for Calves. And it is extreme. I shall call it, the calf death stretch.
Let’s suppose Red wants some calf stretch. Blue agrees to help out.
Red lies down on the ground on his/her back. Blue kneels on one knee and throws a leg over Red’s chest.. One arm is wrapped around Red’s foot while the other grips the toe. Blue provides some serious pressure to bending the toe back towards Red’s chest. (see arrow)
Blue starts counting. “1… 2… 3… 1… 2… 3…” on each #3 Red pulls his/her toe back towards himself/herself as hard as humanly possible. Blue continues to apply pressure.
After three or four 3 counts, Blue counts down from 10 as Red uses every ounce of energy to pull back on his/her toes.
If you want, you can have Green help too by having him/her sit on Red’s other leg during the exercise.