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Calf Exercise: Standing Calf Raise

Calf muscles are a tricky group. While their shape is mainly genetic, working them out using various calf exercises can and will help build strength and definition.

To perform this move:

  • Stand at the calf raise machine (not on the plate) and set the position of the shoulder pads in line with your shoulders.
  • Set the weights to the desired load.
  • Step up onto the footplate with the balls of your feet and keep your back straight.
  • Relax your calves and allow the heels to 'hang' downwards.
  • As you inhale, with a controlled movement, raise your heels so that your feet are in a "tip-toe" position and your calf muscles are flexed.
  • Exhale and return to the starting position

TIP: During this move you must ensure that your knees are kept straight at all times, but not "locked". The tendency might be to bend the knees while moving upwards. Do not let this happen. Remember you are working your calf muscles, so in order to achieve the maximum result from this exercise, you should use your calf muscles to do the work.


Great calves make great legs!

Author: Dimi Ingle.
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