Standing Calf Raise

The standing calf raise develops size and strength in the lower leg. This move also increases strength and range of motion in the ankle.


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    Stand in a shoulder-width stance with your toes flat on the edge of a box or step with your heels and mid-foot hanging off the edge so you feel a stretch in your calf. Use the wall or a rail as a support to stay balanced. This is your starting position.
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    Push your toes into the box so your heels raise up, pause, then lower yourself back to the starting position, being sure to feel a stretch in your calves.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Resist making this a bouncy movement. Instead control the movement throughout.
  • Be sure to squeeze the calves at the top of the movement.
  • Make sure to drop the heel as far as possible to achieve the greatest stretch.
  • Keep your legs straight throughout the movement.