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Top Static Stretches - Achilles and Soleus

This next stretch pictured is called the Leaning Heel Back Achilles Stretch.

This stretch is performed in the same manner as the Leaning Heal Back Calf Stretch, except that there is a bend in the back knee, emphasizing a stretch in the Achilles complex and Soleus which lies deep to the gastrocnemius. These muscles assist the gastrocnemius in pointing the toe down. 

Soleus Stretch







  • The Tibialis Posterior, soleus, peroneus longus, peroneus brevis, and flexor hallucis longus are all stretched.

This is the third of our Top Static Stretches Series of posts. Stay tuned for the more great articles on Stretching and Flexibility. *Note to always warm up before performing static stretches. It is important to hold each stretch for a minimum of 30-60 seconds for full benefit.*

  1. Quadriceps Stretch
  2. Calves Stretch
  3. Achilles and Soleus Stretch
  4. Adductor Stretch
  5. Abductor Stretch
  6. Hip Flexors
  7. Low Back Stretch
  8. Triceps & Lats Stretch
  9. Abdominal Stretches
  10. Upper Back Static Stretch
  11. Hamstring Stretch
  12. The Neck Stretch
  13. Chest and Shoulder Stretch


Lucette., & Clark, C. (2008) NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. (p. 139-171)  

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