Ask the Expert: What Does the Calf Say?

Often times (like during the Indoor Cycling Summit), people will ask, โ€œWhat part of the pedal stroke does the calf muscle power?โ€ This is a great question because it does not have a simple answer. My favorite kind. Now I could say that the calf does not power any part of the pedal stroke and this would be true. I can also say that the calf powers the entire pedal stroke, which can also be true.ย  So which is it?

What are the Calves Really?


  1. great stuff… I am ultra geek I guess.. took notes, drew pics ๐Ÿ™‚ love this kind of info. Thanks Tom!

    1. Victoria, you are very welcome. Ultra geeks rule!

  2. My inner geek loves it too. Can’t get enough of the fine points.

    1. Marsha, we should have an ICA geek reunion! I’m with you and can’t help but continue to learn more and more about how the body works and responds.

  3. Thanks Amber! Us nerds have to eat ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The nerd in me ate it up, awesome.

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