Seated Calf Raise Exercise Guide & Video

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Watch Seated Calf Raise

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Step 1. Secure your knees under the pad and place your toes on the block.

Step 2. Press up with your toes and remove the safety handle.

Step 3. Lower the weight so your heel extends down as far as possible.

Step 4. Press back up on your toes as far as you can. When finished secure the security handle.


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. One of them is the seated calf raise. The seated calf raise 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. The difference between the two is how the weight is distributed across the leg. With a press, the calf is having the press the weight out directly. With a seated raise, the weight is distributed across the knees, preventing any other body part from helping the calves move the weight.

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Updated: March 30th, 2015