Calf Raise

The calf raise is an isolated exercise for your calves (back of your lower leg).

This exercise requires a calf raise machine. You can also perform it using steps, however, you will need to balance yourself by holding on to something.


How to perform the calf raise

  1. Stand in the calf raise machine with your shoulders tucked under the side cushions. The cushions should be low enough so that your legs are bent slightly.
  2. Grab the side handles for support
  3. Lift the weight up until your legs are straight
  4. Pause for a second
  5. Lower yourself down so that your heels go lower than the starting position
  6. Pause for a second
  7. Repeat steps 3 & 6 until you've repeated the desired number of reps
Number of Reps For building muscle size: 3 sets of between 6 - 8 reps. For muscle tone: 3 sets of between 12 - 15 reps.


Muscles Used

Primary Muscles
  • Gastrocnemius (Calf)
Secondary Muscles

  • Soleus (Calf)

Stabilizer Muscles
  • Trapezius, Upper (Upper traps)
  • Trapezius, Middle (Middle traps)
  • Levator Scapulae (Neck)

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