My name is Owen Solecki; I am the inventor of the Regen Calf Trainer and founder of Regen Training Ltd. I was raised on a cattle ranch near Burns Lake, BC, along with my two older brothers (Matt and Chris) and my younger sister (Lauren). After working on my family’s ranch for most of my young life, I went to NAIT for Power Engineering and then got a job working in the oil sands, where I still work to this day.
Working out has always been a large part of my life. I started working out early on with my brother Chris (who is also a part owner of this company) in our farm house basement, and since then, it’s always been a part of my life. During the Covid-19 lockdowns, I found myself with nowhere to work out as the gyms were all shut down. Like many people, I tried to set up some type of home gym, but with limited space available at the time, this was fairly difficult to achieve. Unlike some lucky people out there, I was cursed with poor calf genetics (unlike my family’s ranch, which has the best calves around), and I figured the lockdowns would be the perfect opportunity to focus on growing my calves. I figured that there must be some type of at-home calf workout device on the market that I could purchase, but to my surprise, there really wasn’t anything other than a full-blown piece of gym equipment. After sitting on the idea for a while, I decided to just go for it.
The process of starting a business, inventing something new, and bringing it to production seemed impossible at the time. I had no business experience and no idea how to take an idea and make it into something someone would buy. I guess I owe it to my dad Jon who showed me time and time again that large tasks that seem impossible slowly become less intimidating if you just start chipping away at them. I started 3D printing prototypes, and after 7 or 8 prototypes, I had an extremely effective calf trainer that consisted of a 3D printed base with sandal straps screwed into the side of it. I then applied for patents in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
During all of this, my chiropractor Dr.Robert LaBelle (whom I have the utmost respect for), discovered that my product wasn’t just good for training the calves, but it was also perfectly suited for stretching and rehabilitation purposes.
With the help of my friends over at Alta Injection Molding and BWI here in Calgary, we took the sandal strap prototype and came up with the calf trainer we have available for you to purchase today. I can honestly tell you that the only reason I kept going forward with this project was because of just how well it works. I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with my product, but if you aren’t, I hope you’ll tell me why so that I can improve it.”
Training your calves is essential for a well-rounded and balanced physique, as well as functional fitness. Here are several reasons why calf training should be a part of your workout routine:
The soleus muscle is a key muscle located in the calf region of the lower leg. It is one of the muscles responsible for the movement of the ankle and foot, particularly in actions like standing, walking, and running. The soleus muscle lies beneath the larger gastrocnemius muscle and plays a significant role in maintaining posture and providing stability during weight-bearing activities. It’s composed mainly of slow-twitch muscle fibres, which are well-suited for endurance activities. The unique characteristic of the soleus muscle, as highlighted in the context of recent research, is its potential to influence metabolic health when activated in a specific manner.
Researchers have discovered that the soleus muscle in the calf, though small, can significantly enhance metabolic health when activated correctly. Despite constituting just 1% of total body weight, the soleus muscle wields remarkable potential for enhancing overall metabolic health when activated correctly. The “soleus pushup” technique, developed by Marc Hamilton and colleagues, triggers sustained muscle metabolism even while sitting, surpassing traditional methods like exercise and fasting in improving blood glucose regulation. The soleus muscle’s unique ability to use different fuel sources makes it efficient and enduring. This discovery could combat health risks related to prolonged sitting and low muscle metabolism, offering a potential solution for conditions like heart disease and diabetes, especially in those prone to age-related metabolic problems.
Recent research delves into a novel approach that aims to amplify and sustain the oxidative metabolism of the soleus muscle, a key component of the calf region. This innovative method holds the potential to yield significant improvements in the regulation of glucose and lipids within the body. By activating the soleus muscle in a specific manner, researchers have uncovered a mechanism that can potentially enhance metabolic health through the manipulation of muscle metabolism. This advancement sheds light on the crucial role of the soleus muscle’s metabolic activity and introduces a promising avenue for addressing metabolic challenges, with potential implications for conditions involving glucose and lipid regulation.