The Best Calf Exercises


Jonathan Shannon Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 06:29 Chest day ? Mondays, always. Leg day ? avoided, mostly. Calf day ? not a thing. ?It?s such a small muscle group, there?s no sense in coming to the gym just to focus on that,? says Ero Unuabona, PT at PureGym Leeds. His solution? Base a leg session around squats , lunges and Romanian deadlifts , then add on two or three of his recommended calf exercises below. It?s just not aesthetics that might persuade you to include these isolation exercises. Your calves support the triple extension ? the extension of your ankle, hips and knees ? when you?re running or jumping, so developing your calves can help you to develop force there. Unuabona has suggested a range of movements to train your calves: the final one is best left to people with some training experience ? if in doubt, ask a PT on the gym floor for advice. The fundamental rep ranges to use are three to five to develop power, eight to 12 to build strength, and 15 plus for size. The Best Calf Exercises Hands on hips vertical jump With your hands on your hips, bend your knees to lower slightly, no further than a quarter squat, then explosively jump straight up. Land softly, reset, then repeat. Make sure you pause between reps so you can generate the same level of force in your last rep as you did in your first. Bodyweight calf raise From standing, raise yourself on to your toes, then lower slowly. Loaded calf raise Holding free weights ? dumbbells, kettlebells or a barbell ? raise yourself on to your toes, then lower slowly. The addition of extra weight will stimulate a strength response. See related  Treat Your Gut To This Chicken Schnitzel And Salad Recipe Improve Your Diet With These Foods That Are Good For Your Gut Are Fermented Foods Good For You? High-Fibre Foods To Help You Lose Weight And Get Healthier Seated calf press The seated position allows you to overload the movement. Sit with a weight resting just above your knees. Raise your feet up on to your toes, then lower slowly. Seated single-leg calf press Sit with a weight resting on one knee. Raise your foot up on to your toes, then lower slowly. Do all your reps on one side, then switch. Leg press machine calf raise This is best reserved for people with more experience with resistance training, especially if using the incline leg press. Set up in the leg press machine, but put the balls of your feet on the plate, rather than the entire foot, with your legs almost straight, keeping a slight bend in the knee. Flex your foot to push away from the plate, then lower slowly.
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