|Utility:||Basic or Auxiliary|
Stand facing mid-thigh to hip high vertical bar. Grasp bar with wide overhand grip. Step back so body is angled forward with body straight and arms extended approximately perpendicular to body. Feet should be pointed forward. Lift one leg to rear by bending knee.
Raise heel by extending ankle as high as possible. Allow body to travel forward and upward in same direction as body is orientated. Lower heel allowing foot to come back down flat on floor. 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.
Resistance can be reduced by lowering support bar, as far down as ankle flexibility will allow. Both feet can also be used. Also try self assisted single leg calf raises.
Perform calf raise upright on calf block to make movement more difficult.