Standing Achilles Stretch

Standing Achilles Stretch


This exercise involves standing with one foot in front of the other and leaning forward to stretch the calf muscles. The back leg remains straight while the front knee is bent. The stretch is held for a few seconds before switching legs.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Standing Achilles Stretch Instructions

  1. Stand facing a wall or sturdy object for support.
  2. Step back with one foot, keeping the heel on the ground.
  3. Bend the opposite knee and lean forward, keeping the back leg straight and the heel on the ground.
  4. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds.
  5. Switch legs and repeat.

Standing Achilles Stretch Form & Visual

Standing Achilles Stretch

Standing Achilles Stretch Benefits

  • Stretches the Achilles tendon and calf muscles
  • Improves ankle flexibility and range of motion
  • Helps prevent injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis
  • Can be done anywhere without any equipment
  • Can be modified to increase or decrease intensity

Standing Achilles Stretch Muscles Worked

  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus

Standing Achilles Stretch Variations & Alternatives

  • Seated Achilles Stretch
  • Wall Achilles Stretch
  • Stair Achilles Stretch
  • Downward Dog Achilles Stretch
  • Runner’s Lunge Achilles Stretch