One Leg Calf Raise calves

Start/Finish

Starting Position: Stand with the ball of your right foot resting on a step or a sturdy wooden block, a dumbbell in your right hand, holding on to something for balance with your left hand. Lift your left foot up and hook it behind your right calf.

Midpoint

The Exercise: Lower your right heel as far as you can, really stretching your calf at the bottom. Then press up on your toes as far as possible, contracting the calf muscle. Hold that Ilex for a count of one; then slowly lower the weight, and repeat for the planned number of reps. Switch legs, and follow the same instructions.

Don't let your foot roll toward the little toe when you 're lifting. Instead, raise up, flexing your calf and put the weight on the hall of your foot.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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