University Recreation


Standing Calf Raise

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Calves
Secondary Muscles: Anterior Tibialis
Body Area: Legs
Modality Types: Machines Machines, Free Weights Free Weights, Body Weight Body Weight
Equipment: Cybex VR3 Standing Calf Raise (12120)

Standing Calf Raise Standing Calf Raise

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Stand with toes on the block of the machine and heels hanging off the end of the platform
  • Hook shoulders under the pads and straighten legs, lifting weight clear of the support
  • Do not hunch, but rather keep your body straight
  • Keeping your legs straight, lower heels and the weight as far as possible toward floor
  • Rise up on your toes as far as possible
  • Hold the contraction briefly, then slowly return to the starting position
  • You can also point your toes in or out to vary the area of emphasis in your calf muscle


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