I'm a pear shaped body type and have found many ways to trim my hips, thighs and bottom, but I really need some help with my STUMPS!! I have HUGE calf muscles that are very, very long and it appears my calf attaches directly to my foot instead of to an ankle. Some people may want bigger calves but I'm the opposite. Because of the size of my calves and the size of the area between my calves and ankle you don't see even a slight thinning of the area and thus it appears as though I have no ankles!
I can't clamp a skiboot on my foot without leaving a two inch gap (which in turn causes huge bruises to appear on my shins when I go skiing...), I am embarrased to wear dresses that are any shorter than mid calf and can't wear heels to fake a good calf shape due to numerous knee injuries.
Please someone help me find an exercise that will THIN the area between my upper calf and ankle.
My stats: I'm 5'4", weigh 169 and hike weekly, calisthenics and kickboxing 3 times weekly and walk everywhere I possibly can (I've been on a weightloss campaign since August 2005). I'm trying to get down to 147 by December 2006.
It would be nice to get suggestions on excersizes so I could try for myself. Everything doesn't work for everybody, I know, but I'm willing to try "spot reducing" because it seemed to work on my triceps and biceps, abs, thighs and bottom.
I just want folks suggestions for exercises that target that area. I've never, even when I weighed 120 lbs, had shapely lower legs and I'd like to try to target those muscles. There's some movement, some activity that I've not done in life with enough consistency to have shapely calves and thin ankles, so I'm researching to see what seems to work for others.
Someone out there believes in "spot reducing" and I'm looking for their response.
You can tighten the muscles of the calf by doing standing calf raises. You can exercise one calf at a time or both with or without holding dumbbell weights. Step onto a platform and position the feet a couple of inches apart. Place the toes and the balls of your feet on the platform. Lower the heels to the floor and slowly bring the calves to a full stretch. Raise up and down, then increase the speed, etc. You might want to do a search of "standing calf raise" on the web to get a full description.