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Calf Extension

Key Points:

  • Have the balls of your feet placed on the platform and heels hanging off it.
  • Drive your heels upward to lift the weight.
  • Steadily lower the heels down until your calves are fully stretched and repeat.

Common Mistakes:

  • Using momentum to drive the weight up and down.
  • Feet being too wide or narrow, keep it shoulder width.
  • Upper body swaying with the movement, keep it still.

Where you should 'feel it':

Primary Muscles:
Secondary Muscles:
Muscle diagram with the following muscles highlighted Calves,

Similar Exercises

Adjust the seat so that your legs are slightly bent when your feet are on the platform. Position the balls of your feet on the edge of platform so your heels are hanging off, then extend your legs but not fully out.

Start by driving the balls of your feet forwards as far as possible then steadily lower your heels downward until your calves feel fully stretched. You should feel the weight on the inside of the balls of your feet when performing the exercise. Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions then bend your knees to finish gently.

Avoid using momentum to bounce up the weight and don't rush.

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