45 Degree Leg Press Calf Raise Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Machine
  • Isolation
  • Push (Bilateral)
  • Beginner
  • None
Calves Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Exercise Instructions

  1. Load the machine with the desired weight and take a seat.
  2. Sit down and position your feet on the sled with a shoulder width stance.
  3. Take a deep breath, extend your legs, but keep the safeties locked (if possible).
  4. Position your feet at the base of the platform and allow the heels to hang off.
  5. Lower the heels by dorsiflexing the ankles until the calves are fully stretched.
  6. Drive the weight back to the starting position by extending the ankles and flexing the calves.
  7. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Exercise Tips

  1. SAFETY NOTE: Be extremely careful when re-positioning the feet at the base of the platform. If the safeties are not in place and you lose control of the platform, this could result in very serious injury.
  2. Keep the repetitions slow and controlled. Limit momentum and pause at the top to emphasize the contraction.
  3. If you experience any sort of pain or pressure in the back of the knee joint, keep a slight bend in the knee and avoid complete lockout.
  4. If the knee isn’t entirely locked out then ensure the position doesn’t change during the duration of the repetition.
  5. Limit depth of the heels if you feel any sort of stretch through the bottom of the foot during the exercise.
  6. Try to move through the ball of the foot rather than the base of the toes.