Single Leg Calf Raise

Single Leg Calf Raise


Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Push



Position toes and balls of feet on calf block or elevation with heels and arches extending off. Place hand or hands on support for balance. Lift one leg to rear by bending knee.


Raise heel by extending ankle as high as possible. Lower heel by bending ankle until calf is stretched. Repeat. Continue with opposite leg.


Keep knee straight throughout exercise or bend knee slightly only during stretch. Quadriceps serve as synergists muscle if knee is bent slightly during stretch. See Calf Exercise Analyses.


Resistance can be reduced by assisting raise with other leg or pulling/pushing body upward. Movement can be performed leaning forward over support bar. Both feet can also be used even with additional weight.


Hold dumbbell in one hand to make exercise more difficult.

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