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Exercise The Right Way - The Standing Calf Raise


Other articles in this series looked at a number of exercises, mainly from the perspective of developing a comprehensive muscle building program. Sometimes we take things for granted, especially when it comes to performing the basic exercises that constitute the core of most bodybuiders' training regimes.

It is useful, therefore, to describe in detail the processes involved in actually doing these exercises. This will help beginners to start out using the correct techniques before moving on to potentially more dangerous heavy weights. If it also helps more experienced lifters to redress some of the little faults that have almost imperceptibly crept in over the years, all the better.

In this article we'll take a close look at the standing calf raise.

MUSCLES TARGETED: gastrocnemius

STARTING POSITION

Face the machine, place the balls of the feet on the near edge of the step.
Move under the shoulder pads and stand erect with the hips under the shoulders.
Position the feet and legs parallel to each other with the toes pointing straight ahead.
Extend the knees and allow the heels to hang off the step.

UPWARD MOVEMENT

Push up on the toes as high as possible.
Keep the torso erect, legs and feet parallel and knees extended.
Push up off the step.
Do not lock the knees.

DOWNWARD MOVEMENT

Allow the heels to slowly lower back to the starting position.
Repeat or finish set.

Richard Mitchell is the creator of the bodybuildingadvisor.com website that provides guidance and information to athletes at all levels of bodybuilding experience. Go to Bodybuilding Exercises to learn more about the issues covered in this article.


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