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On this page you'll see pictures and get instructions for how to do calf raises on a leg press machine.
There are many different ways that you can work your calf muscles, and if you have access to a leg press machine you can do calf raises on the machine.
There are 2 main differences between calf raises on a leg press and calf raises on a standing calf machine.
The first major difference is that when you are standing there is more challenge on your balance and core muscles.
The second major difference is that the weight is loaded from the shoulders when you stand versus through your hips and lower back when using the leg press.
Some people find calf raises on a leg press more comfortable on the shoulders than most standing calf machines, and some people find that they can lift more weight when they are using the leg press to do calf raises.
Starting Position: Position yourself comfortably in a leg press machine and extend your legs straight out. Move your feet to the edge of the leg press platform so that the balls of your feet are firmly at the edge of the platform. Then, let your heels move flex so your calfs are in a stretched position.
Form: Exhale and raise onto your toes while keeping your knees straight. Hold for a brief second at the top and then slowly return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: You can use any type of leg press. There are incline, vertical, and seated leg press machines. They are all similar but each offer a slightly different way to challenge your body.
CAUTION: You should always keep the safety in place when doing calf raises on a leg press that releases the weight for the leg press motion.
If you are doing an extremely heavy weight, it is also wise to use a spotter.
If you don't have access to a leg press machine, there are still other calf exercises that you can perform.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT