Standing Barbell Calf Raises: We all want perfect calf Muscle. Well, most of us do. They look great in fitted with half pants, look even better out of them, and help compliment a well-defined torso. Yes, some people will say exercising your calf Muscle in isolation is stupid. We understand, but some days we just long for the pump. And you know what? There’s no shame in that. The calf is comprised of two muscles — the gastrocnemius and the soleus. These muscles meet at the Achilles tendon, which attaches directly to the heel. Any leg or foot motion uses these muscles.
Standing Barbell Calf Raises
Equipment Required: Machine
- Stand with your back straight. Place your shoulders under the pads of the yoke. Place your toes and the balls of your feet on the toe block and lower your heels (dorsiflexion).
- Rise up as high as you can on your toes (plantarflexion) while keeping your knees extended.
- Return to the starting position.
- Sit on the machine’s seat and place the restraint pads tightly across your thighs. Place your toes and the balls of your feet on the foot bar.
- Stretch your heels as far below the level of your toes as possible (dorsiflexion).
- Rise up as high as you can under the resistance on your toes (plantar flexion).
So rather than beat around the bush, let’s get straight to it. If you want to build the perfect calf, these 10 exercises will help get you there. Perform them properly, and it won’t just be your calf that starts to bulge, your overall health will see an improvement, too.
So there you have it: bulging calf can actually improve your health. So tell that to the next person who smirks at you when they see you on your third set of curls.
The calf is comprised of two muscles — the gastrocnemius and the soleus. These muscles meet at the Achilles tendon, which attaches directly to the heel. Any leg or foot motion uses these muscles. The calf muscle is made up of 2 muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius is the large muscle that can be seen beneath the skin, and the soleus is a smaller muscle that lies under the gastrocnemius. The muscles taper into the Achilles tendon which inserts into the calcaneus (heel bone).