Standing calf raise exercise is a great exercise that’ll work your calves, building strength, shape and power.

It’s typically done towards the end of your lower body workout session after doing your squats, deadlifts, lunges, or any other move that requires the calves be used as stabilisation muscles.

Standing Calf Raises Exercise How To

  • Get into a standing position with the feet about hip width apart, hands down by your sides or holding onto a nearby object.
  • Once you’ve found your balance, rise up so that you are on your toes, as high as you can go.
  • Pause and then begin to lower again to complete the rep.

Form and Technique

For standing calf raises, while doing this exercise, remember to keep the abs tight and the glutes squeezed in order to maintain proper spinal column position.

Also perform the move in a very slow and controlled manner, not letting momentum come into play.

VariationsDumbbell Calf Raise, Barbell Calf Raise, Single Leg Calf Raise, Standing Machine Calf Raise, Smith Machine 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 Standing Calf Raises (Bodyweight)