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    So what do you do to stretch or soothe that one calf muscle that gets the extra workout from the beater? Any advice, websites, exercises?

    THANKS!

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    i usually stretch out everything b4 i start playing just to warm up and loosen up, and i always play better when i do that--

    for my calves i just sit on the ground, and put one leg str8 out and the other in and reach for your toes, that one has helped my calf out alot, and i can def tell the difference between my bass leg and my hi hat leg, my bass leg is always tighter

    hope that helps!

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    The calf and the achilles tendon are very important muscles for drumming. Doing calf exercises and building up the calf and toe strength and coordernation will greatly assist a drummer, especially one who likes playing double bass.
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    I agree. I don't believe there is a "drum specific" exercise. Anything to stretch the offending muscles should work.
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    I had that problem too, its kinda like snowboarding when you go down a hill backwards on ur toes... {i do that alot when im boarding, its fun!!!!} it hurts. i had that same problem from the beater, so i just stretch it out a little bit before practicing.
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    ummm....weird but i started doig this n the shower after a long days work whe i was sore but ive recently started doing just before i start playing as well...stand about three feet from a wall..( adjust distace for height accomadations) and just lean forwards and catch yourtself on the wall...keep your feet flat and it'll stech the back of you legs...the lower quads yor entire calf and your tendons...very helpful...i find DB easier after doing this..however if your old...dont try this alone!!!...lol..j/k guys
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    For me it's take your left or right leg, (doesn't matter) and grasp it with your hand so that it almost touches your back, hold it for ten to thirty seconds. But keep your balance or else you'll fall. I do this at my lacrosse team's practice, we call it quads.
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    Great suggestions, everyone!

    Whichever you choose, don't rush the stretchin'...and don't bounce when you're stretchin'...

    otherwise, it's gonna hurt like...

    btw, chiko, old dudes like the 'bro need more stretchin' than younger dudes like you!
    keep the beat goin' ... Don't keep it to yourself!

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    Ain't that the truth, BB! I usually stretch for about 10 minutes before I play. I broke my collarbone and tore my rotator cuff once and that shoulder needs to be well stretched out before I play or I'm really gonna' feel it the next morning.
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    here's my calf muscle secret:





    you go into the kitchen, find the biggest , sharpest knife you can, then cut your achilles tendon. Your bass foot will be so loose its rediculous!

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    lol
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    Do what i do, point your toes down, and use your thighs until your calfs feel ok, but i really dont have that problem, then again, by the sports positions i play, i have strong legs, and i have gym before i come home, so im warmed up to play

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    Standing flat on your feet and then raising to standing on your tippi-toes and then lowering yourself slowly again to just standing on your feet flat is a pretty good stretch.
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    I love working out my calves and (forarms) at the gym!! I use the calf machine and do standing calf raises with 150 pounds (3 sets of 10). For my forarms, I do finger & wrist curls with 35-40 pounds (3 sets of 10).
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    rest it duh

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    I've only really just started stretching before I play drums, it's amazing the difference it makes in your speed and accuracy. My double kicks are a lot cleaner and more accurate after stretching than without.

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    Drink lots of water, too. Lubrication!
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