Seated Machine Calf Extension Exercise Guide

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Seated Machine Calf Extension is a strength exercise that works your soleus.

Seated Machine Calf Extension is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your legs, lower body and lower legs.

It requires weight machine to do.

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How to do Seated Machine Calf Extension

Setup

With leg pads in upper position, sit on seat and put feet on lever platform with legs under pads. Lower leg covers on thighs and they are snuggly balanced right above knees. Place palms on top of thigh pads.

Exercise

Push lever platform down by extending ankles as far as possible. Return by bending ankles until calves are stretched. Repeat.

Tips

  • This machine design is very rare in comparison to Lever Seated Calf Raise machine. This particular machine was missing its adjustable leg pad so fists were placed between legs and cross bar. Movement is predominately Soleus. Gastrocnemius are in active insufficiency since knees are significantly bent.

Muscles Worked

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

Primary Muscles

  • Soleus

Synergyst Muscles

  • Calves

Frequently Asked Questions

What muscles does Seated Machine Calf Extension work?
Seated Machine Calf Extension works soleus.
What is Seated Machine Calf Extension good for?
Seated Machine Calf Extension is beneficial for conditioning, to build muscle, to gain weight, to grow and to strengthen. It works the best for legs, lower body and lower legs, as it works soleus. Seated Machine Calf Extension is a great strength exercise for men, men over 50, women and women over 50.
Is Seated Machine Calf Extension a good exercise?
Seated Machine Calf Extension is a popular strength exercise for soleus.

Training, Progressions and Regressions

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Standards and Averages

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Variations

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Classification

Type(s) Strength, Isolated, Weightlifting
Muscles Worked Gastrocnemius, Soleus
Difficulty Level(s) Moderate
Equipment Weight Machine
Location At Gym
Major Exercise Calf Raises

Muscles Worked

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

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