Barbell Standing Calf Raise Exercise Guide

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Barbell Standing Calf Raise is a strength exercise that works your calves.

Barbell Standing Calf Raise is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your legs, lower body and lower legs.

It requires barbell to do.

Barbell Standing Calf Raise
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How to do Barbell Standing Calf Raise

Setup

Place barbell on power rack above chest height with calf block under barbell. Place back of shoulders under barbell with both hands to sides. Place toes and balls of feet on calf block with arches and heels reaching out. Lean barbell to rack and lift from supports by stretching knees and thighs. Help barbell against verticals on both hands on arms.

Exercise

Raise heels by extending ankles as high as possible. Lower heels by bending ankles until calves are stretched. Repeat.

Tips

  • Notice barbell makes contact with only non-painted surface (plastic or metal surface). Exercise step that will not overturn can be used as calf block. Position rack just below lowest range of motion. Keep knees straight throughout exercise or bend knees slightly only during stretch. Quadriceps serve as synergists muscle if knees are bent slightly during stretch.

Illustrated Guide

Learn how to do barbell standing calf raise from this step-by-step illustrations:

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Muscles Worked

The muscles used for barbell standing calf raise may change slightly based on the your trained range of motion and technique, but in the most general case, the muscles used for barbell standing calf raise are:

Primary Muscles

  • Calves

Synergyst Muscles

  • Soleus

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Barbell Standing Calf Raise work?
Barbell Standing Calf Raise works calves.
What is Barbell Standing Calf Raise good for?
Barbell Standing Calf Raise is beneficial for conditioning and to strengthen. It works the best for legs, lower body and lower legs, as it works calves. Barbell Standing Calf Raise is a great strength exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Barbell Standing Calf Raise a good exercise?
Barbell Standing Calf Raise is a popular strength exercise for calves.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Barbell Standing Calf Raise Training and Progressions

Standards and Averages

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Alternatives

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Variations

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Classification

Type(s) Strength, Isolated
Muscles Worked Gastrocnemius, Soleus
Difficulty Level(s) Basic, Easy, Simple
Equipment Barbell, Weight Plates
Location At Gym
Major Exercise Calf Raises

Muscles Worked

Target muscle(s) Calves
Synergyst muscle(s) Soleus

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