How to do a Calf Press

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About Calf Press

Sets Logged
1,072,256
Popularity Rank
123rd
Difficulty
Beginner
Calves Strength
97 mSCORE 1st
Equipment Required
  • Photo of Leg Press
    Leg Press
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

This exercise is a variation on the more common calf raise. Like the standard calf raise this isolation exercise primarily targets the calves. The use of a machine adds stability to the movement, as well as gives you more control over your resistance. It’s an effective exercise for building muscle mass and developing strength in your calves.

  1. Sit on a leg press machine positioning your shoulders and hips against the backpad while placing your feet hip-width apart with your forefoot secured on the platform and your heels hanging off the bottom.
  2. Grab ahold of the brace bars and brace your core to keep your lower back and shoulders touching the backpad.
  3. Keep the safety bars in place as you extend your ankles to raise the platform.
  4. After full ankle extension, slowly lower the platform back to the safety bars.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    8
    reps
    105
    lbs
    1 Rep Max
    135
    lbs
  • intermediate
    8
    reps
    145
    lbs
    185
    lbs
  • advanced
    8
    reps
    170
    lbs
    215
    lbs

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