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 Raises Exercise 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.

VariationsSeated Calf Raise, Single Leg Calf Raise

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)

Calf Raises

How To Do Calf Raises