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The calves and the upper trapezius muscle haven’t received as much love as they should in recent years. The upper traps are routinely labeled a bad guy and overdeveloped by many, but it's this vital muscle group that allows for the final degrees of upward rotation to occur. And it’s this distinct joint action that is a big reason why your shoulders will stay healthy over the long-term. And without your upper traps you’d be doomed. Last but not least, the upper traps give your Lats some pretty decent competition since they are opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to scapular movement. They both cover a huge portion of our posterior upper body which should indicate their inherent value with nothing else being said. But also, one group wouldn’t be near as effective without the rivalry of the other.

Your calves are tremendously important for you to be able to walk, jog, run, sprint, and literally any movement task that involves your heel lifting off of the ground. Moreover, the calves working together with other muscle groups throughout your lower leg compartment to be able to effectively transmit forces up through the rest of your body properly. A tough consideration for the calves is that they lack a lot of variation opportunity when it comes to training them. As such, a limited exercise selection can become boring at times and the lack of psychological appeal could halter your efforts to some degree and this is one major reason why training variation is so critical for you or anyone for that matter. Here is a new movement that brings these undermined areas to the forefront:

Aside from receiving an outstanding training effect to both muscle groups, this exercise really emphasizes being able to extend vertically throughout your entire lower body at all three joints. A skill that is definitely important as an athlete, competitive lifter, or enthusiast alike.

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