Barbell Calf Raise

See how to do barbell calf raises with SHOCK Personal Trainer Ashley Steele!

How to Barbell Calf Raise

Primary Muscles: Calf

Exercise Families: Legs

Equipment: Barbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Position a barbell at the peak of your shoulder blades, standing with your spine and head in good posture. The feet should be hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead.

  2. Tighten your lower leg muscles to raise the heels off the ground. Lift the ankle to maximum height, flex your calf, pause briefly, and control the motion as you lower the heels to the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat the calf raises for the specified amount of time or repetitions. 

  3. You should feel this working the calf, lower leg, and flexor muscles of the feet. 

Alternative Exercises:

Bodyweight Calf Raise  Elevated Calf Raise

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