Barbell Standing Calf Raise

Barbell Standing Calf Raise: Printable Instructions

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How to do Barbell Standing Calf Raise


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.


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


  • 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.

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