- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeStrength
- Equipment RequiredMachine
- Force TypePush (Bilateral)
- Experience LevelBeginner
- Secondary Muscles
Seated Calf Raise Overview
The seated calf raise is a variation of the machine calf raise and an exercise used to isolate the muscles of the calves.
The calves can be a stubborn muscle group for a lot of people, so it’s important to experiment with several different angles when performing calf raises. You may also want to consider training the calves with a high training frequency.
Seated Calf Raise Instructions
- Take a seat on the machine and place the balls of your feet on the platform with your toes pointed forward - your heels will naturally hang off. Position the base of quads under the knee pad and allow your hands to rest on top.
- Extend your ankles and release the safety bar.
- Lower the heels by dorsiflexing the ankles until the calves are fully stretched.
- Extend the ankles and exhale as you flex the calves.
- Repeat for the assigned number of repetitions.
Seated Calf Raise Tips
- Keep the repetitions slow and controlled. Limit momentum and pause at the top to emphasize the contraction.
- Limit depth of the heels if you feel any sort of stretch through the bottom of the foot during the exercise.
- Try to move through the ball of the foot rather than the base of the toes.