The soleus muscle, located beneath the gastrocnemius, plays a crucial role in plantar flexion during activities like running. Neglecting it can lead to stiffness and injury. To strengthen the soleus, incorporate the following exercises into your workout routine:
Level 1: Hip Bridge with Heel Lift – Lie on your back, lift your hips off the ground, and lift your heels upward.
Level 2: Single Leg Banded Bent Knee Heel Raises – Use a resistance band while standing on one leg, bending the knee, and raising the heel.
These exercises target the soleus, enhancing its strength and flexibility, which can help runners improve their performance and reduce the risk of injury.