Standing Barbell Calf Raise Video Guide

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Exercise 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.

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Posted Sat, 12/27/2014 - 22:56

2x4 or a stable supported 4x4 piece of wood.

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Posted Mon, 11/04/2013 - 04:19

Is this any different from doing it on the machine that's made for this?

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Posted Wed, 02/13/2013 - 18:40

I find it easier doing this with dumbbells or barbell weights with grips hanging down my sides, is there any reason to use a barbell on your shoulders instead?

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Posted Sat, 10/27/2012 - 07:55

For god's sake, look for a staircase!

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Posted Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:40

That's what im saying hahaha

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Posted Sun, 10/21/2012 - 10:41
S.C. Kaushik

It is a wonderful illustration easily intelligible.

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Posted Fri, 10/12/2012 - 23:48
Clint Hanby

You can stand on the step on the back of the incline bench press, it works perfect.

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Posted Tue, 04/17/2012 - 15:36

I dont have a step. What else can I do?

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Posted Thu, 04/26/2012 - 05:48

Get one~!

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Posted Mon, 06/11/2012 - 02:38

you can put the balls of your feet on the lower edge of the foot platform on the squat machine.