How to do a Barbell Seated Calf Raise

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About Barbell Seated Calf Raise

Sets Logged
77,911
Popularity Rank
589th
Difficulty
Beginner
Calves Strength
93 mSCORE 8th
Equipment Required
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Barbell Seated Calf Raise is a variation on the more standard Calf Raise. Like other Calf Raises, this is an isolation exercise that targets your calves. By performing this exercise while seated, you add significantly more stability to the movement since you don’t need to worry about balancing to stay standing. This can help you focus more of your attention on exertion rather than stability.

  1. Sit upright on a bench and position your feet on a sturdy surface with a lip a few inches high such as a block of wood or a plate.
  2. Grasp the bar with both hands and place it across the ends of your thighs, but not on your knees.
  3. Contract your calves and drive through the balls of your feet to raise the bar.
  4. Tense your calves and hold this position for a moment at the top of the movement.
  5. Slowly allow the weight to descend back into the starting position while maintaining tension in your calves.
  6. Maintain good posture by keeping your core engaged for stability, your shoulders back and chest up.
  7. You should feel this exercise in your calves.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    55
    lbs
    1 Rep Max
    70
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    70
    lbs
    90
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    85
    lbs
    105
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