Calf Raise. How-to, proper form and tips

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Raising your heels is an easy and effective exercise for the calves.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Stand up straight, eventually holding to something.
  2. Raise your heels until you are standing on your toes.
  3. Bring down the heels back to the floor.
  4. This is one repetition.

Hints & tips:

  • Calf raises can easily be done in front of the TV, or in the morning when facing the mirror.
  • You can hold on a chair or wall for balance.
  • Holding weights (bags or dumbbells) will make the exercise more effective.


  • Strong calves stabilize your feet and ankle.
  • Lower body performance frequently depends on calves, strength them will make a difference.
  • Advantage or explosiveness in sprinting.
  • Protect knees on jumps, burpees and any impact actions.

Counting & gamification:

  • Count repetitions along the day.
  • Set a timer for 30secs of calf raises. The next day increase 2 seconds, and consecutively.
  • Set a goal for 20 consecutive days, restart counting the days if the daily goal is missed.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Calves

Muscle: Calves

Category: Balance