How To Do Calf Raises
Calf Raises Exercise
Calf raise exercise is a great exercise to do to help strengthen your calves, which are often neglected in a lower body workout routine.
Calf raises are great because they can be done anywhere with minimal equipment.
They will get a partial workout when doing other core major lower body lifts such as squats, deadlifts, or lunges, but add them to the end of a workout as an isolation exercise.
Calf Raise How To
- Get into a standing position. Note that you can hold onto a nearby object for balance as needed. If you choose to use weight for this exercise, simply hold a pair of dumbbells down by your side or rest a barbell across your back.
- Slowly inhale and then on the exhale, lift the heels up off the floor as you rise up onto your toes. Hold this elevated position for a brief second to keep maximum tension on the calf muscles.
- From here, begin to lower back down into the starting position, allowing the heels to almost, but not quite touch the floor.
- Continue on with all reps until the exercise is completed.
Form and Technique
Be sure to keep the abs contracted as you do this exercise to prevent a forward lean during the exercise.
Try to turn the toes in or outward at times to target different areas of the calf muscles.
Routine for Strength: 5 sets x AMRAP (30 secs rest between sets)
Routine for Muscle Gains: 5 sets x AMRAP (45-60 secs rest between sets)