Calf Raises

Learn all of the Variations to this Popular Leg Exercise that Isolates your Calves


Welcome to our Calf Raises main page!

Here we've listed all of our Calf Exercises that involve raising the heel, the primary function of the calves.

Each page featuring a variation of this exercise includes pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of these and other Leg Exercises so you can immediately add to your Leg and Calf Workouts.

A Quick Note on Calves Training: Focus on Compound Leg Exercises

As mentioned on our Calf Exercises page, for the best results in building stronger or leaner calves, focus on our Best Leg Exercises. These leg exercises like Barbell Squats and Deadlifts are isometric exercises for the calves but will help you build overall strength. Increasing these lifts will be much more beneficial than all the isolation Calf Exercises in the world.

The Calf Raises

With that being said, some of these isolation exercises should be sprinkled in most workout routines. Variety is important when training any muscle group, but it is perhaps even more important with your calves. Make sure to alternate the calf exercises listed below in your workout routines to be most effective.

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equipment
Required
Donkey Calves Raise Calves None; Partner
Rocking Standing Raise Calves Barbell or Dumbbells
Seated Calf Raises Calves Machine
Seated One Leg Calves Raise Calves Dumbbells
Smith Machine Reverse Calves Raise Calves Machine
Standing Barbell Calves Raise Calves Barbell
Standing Calf Raises Calves Machine


Leg Exercises by Primary Muscle Trained

If you're through with calves but want to access more weight lifting exercises, head to our Weight Training Exercises main page or link directly to all of our leg exercises.

Our leg exercises are broken down in to the following pages:

More of the Most Popular Leg Exercises:

Rather than viewing exercises by primary muscle, check out these popular Leg Exercises. Each page links to all of the variations of these popular lower body exercises.


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