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Calf Raise – Hammer Strength

Written by Kristine Beissner

January 2, 2020

Gym Exercises

The Calf Raise places maximum load on the Gastocnemius muscle, to help put a spring in your step! Learn how to perform this popular leg exercise with the team at Fitness Institute!

Machine: Hammer Strength Uni-Lateral Leg Press

To begin, place both feet on the designated platforms.  Feet should be roughly shoulder width apart with toes on the edge of the platform. Extend the knees and press through toes (Figure 1).

From here, pause then allow the toes to travel back towards the body – heels should now be in front and higher than the toes (Figure 2).

It is recommended you hold onto the handles throughout the movement.

Classification of Exercise: 

  • Isolation

Major Joints:

  • Ankle

Major Muscles:

  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus

Joint Action During Concentric Phase:

  • Plantar Flexion

Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.

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