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Calf Raises



Calf raises are a simple yet effective exercise for strengthening your calf muscles. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to perform calf raises:

Standing Calf Raises:

  1. Stand Tall: Begin by standing with your feet hip-width apart. You can do this exercise with body weight alone, or you can hold onto a sturdy surface for balance, like a chair or a wall.

  2. Position your Feet: Ensure that your feet are parallel to each other, pointing straight ahead.

  3. Lift your Heels: Slowly lift your heels off the ground, rising up onto the balls of your feet. Focus on lifting through your calf muscles.

  4. Contract your Calves: At the top of the movement, squeeze your calf muscles for a moment to maximize the contraction.

  5. Lower your Heels: Slowly lower your heels back down to the starting position. Make sure to control the movement and resist the urge to drop your heels quickly.

  6. Repeat: Perform the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions. Beginners may start with 2 sets of 10-15 reps and gradually increase as they become more comfortable with the movement.


  • Keep your core engaged throughout the exercise to maintain stability.
  • Maintain a smooth and controlled motion, avoiding any jerky movements.
  • Focus on the upward phase of the movement to fully engage your calf muscles.
  • Gradually increase the difficulty by adding resistance, such as holding dumbbells or using a calf raise machine at the gym.

Seated Calf Raises:

You can also perform seated calf raises using a calf raise machine or by sitting on a sturdy chair with your feet flat on the floor. The movement is similar, but in this case, you're lifting your heels while seated.

Remember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or concerns.