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Measuring Foot Strength for Athletics"

Question:

I’ve come to the realization after multiple foot injuries at age 46 that I need measurable FOOT strength increase over time. 

This is what is currently holding me back from jumping/athleticism goals.

My feet are just too weak and fragile.

But how to make it measurable…?


Answer:

Geoff great realization. My thoughts…

1. SOLEUS HAS THE GREATEST POUND FOR POUND STRENGTH POTENTIAL OF ANY MUSCLE IN THE BODY

So, while “foot strength” may be hard to measure, I think there’s HUGE potential, I’m talking YEARS of improvement, from seated calf machine progression

2. Don’t skip Tib and single leg standing calf either

3. MAYBE get your big toe straight with a big toe spacer when doing 1 & 2

4. It’s possible that the older we are, the more we are missing a sandlike effect for the feet

Meaning it would be natural in life to spend more time barefoot on grass/sand/mud. But I don’t think it’s “foot strength” that’s actually the issue. I think it’s SOLEUS strength and foot HEALTH.

So, if I had a perfect world for you, I’d have you taking a walk a couple times a week by the beach on super thick sand, barefoot of course, and I’d have you very patiently and enjoyably building a stronger Soleus than 90+% of 40+ year olds.

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