Calf Press on Leg Press Exercise Guide & Video

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Step 1. Start with your feet less than shoulder-width apart with your toes pointed straight ahead. Instead of positioning your feet as you do with the leg press, place your toes on the bottom of the block.

Step 2. Push with your toes and remove the safety handle.

Step 3. Keeping your legs straight, lower the weight with your toes as far as you can.

Step 4. Press out again with your toes.

Step 5. When you are finished with your repetitions, secure the safety handle and lower the weight back down.


The calf press is the primary exercise for building size and strength in the calf muscles. This exercise can be formed on a variety of machines. A common place to perform the calf press is the leg press because of the back support provided and the ability to do very heavy weights. The leg press will have safety latches on either side. While these have to be disengaged to perform a leg press, given the short range of motion involved in a calf press, they can remain in place. This provides an extra level of safety when performing this exercise with high weights. This exercise is usually performed with a shoulder-width foot position, with the toes pointed straight ahead. The user can vary what part of the calf muscle is worked by changing toe position. If the toes are angled away from each other, the outer part of the calf is worked more. If the toes are angled toward each other, the inner part of the calf is worked more.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015