Calf Raise

Exercise / Calves

How to perform the exercise

  1. Sitting on a calf raise machine, position your upper thighs under the top pad. The pad should be resting just above your knees.
  2. Place the balls of your feet on the foot plate.
  3. Keeping the balls of your feet in position, lower your heels as far as possible.
  4. Slowly raise your heels as if standing on your toes. Continue as far as possible until you feel a stretch in your lower calves. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Slowly lower your heels back to the starting position and repeat.

Note: If the machine isn’t equipped with foot plates, you can use barbell plates placed under the machine to increase your range of motion. Don’t “bounce” the weight up using momentum.

CAUTION: Pay special attention to using proper form while performing this exercise.

Exercise Tips

  • Perform this exercise with as short rest periods as you can.