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Calf Raise With Barbell, Standing

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optional:Step, Squat Rack / Squat Stand, Workout Partner
fitness level:Normal
exercise type:Strength
Variations available (4)
Starting PositionExecution

General And Specifics

  • ideally, you have a dumbbell rack, to rest the barbell safely (especially if you have a heavy weight)
  • a partner can help you executing this barbell exercise

Starting Position

  • grasp the barbell
  • place it on the upper back respectively the rear shoulder area and hold it tight
  • your feet are hip width apart
  • the toes point forward, do not turn the feet outwards
  • your knees are always bent a bit

Correct Execution

  • lift the heels as much as possible to use the range of motion effectively and contracting the calves maximally
  • stand on the balls of the feet for a short moment
  • slowly lower the heels, but do not let them touch the ground
  • keep the head up and the back straight
  • do this several times without bouncing or gaining momentum

tip for the workout

  • for a bigger range of motion you can place a weight plate or a board below your balls of the feet