The Treadmill For Glute/Calf Maturity!

I have had some quality gains in my legs since having my right knee reconstructed February 17, 1999. I owe a lot of it to my new favorite piece of cardio equipment.
I have had some quality gains in my legs since having my right knee reconstructed back in February 17, 1999. I owe a lot of it to my new favorite piece of cardio equipment: the treadmill! The treadmill allowed my knee to get the workload it needed without the pounding of running.

Anatomy of the Calves

Anatomy of the Glutes
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Anatomy Of The Calves And Glutes.

Not that running is a bad thing, it's just that I was amazed how my calves and glutes really started shaving some leanness during my rehabilitation. Along with my regular leg and calf workouts, I started spending 30-45 minutes a day on the treadmill. During that time, I would place my feet accordingly.

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For example, when I wanted to put the emphasis on my calves, I would put the ball of my foot on the edge of the step and keep the pedals low while my calves got the work load.

Mark Tilden, front, flexing

Then, I would switch to my glutes and place my heels more directly on the pedals. My knees would obviously come up much more high to get a big stretch.

It only took me 14 months to get back on stage and compete again. Like I've stated in some of my previous articles, "I'm not the biggest bodybuilder," but muscle maturity can go along ways in front of the judges.

So, give the treadmill a shot. It's been proven that despite a bad wheel that anybody can overcome obstacles by stepping over them one at a time!

Mark Tilden
Meridian, Idaho