Standing Barbell Calf Raise Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Barbell
  • Isolation
  • Push
  • Beginner
  • None
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Calves Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Standing Barbell Calf Raise Instructions

  1. Set up for the standing barbell calf raise by getting a block or step and placing it in front of you.
  2. Grasp a barbell and place it across the back of your shoulders. Make sure the bar sits across the muscles in your upper back, not your neck.
  3. Stand up on the block with the balls of your feet on the edge.
  4. Keeping your balance, raise your heels off the floor.
  5. Squeeze the calves, and then slowly lower your heals back down as far as possible without letting them touch the floor.
  6. Repeat for desired reps.

​Calf Raise Tips:

  1. Keep the balls of your feet on the edge of the step. Don't let your feet come forward as this makes the exercise less challenging.
  2. Keep the rep timing slow and controlled - don't "bounce".
  3. To help keep your balance, keep your eyes facing forward at all times.