Smith Seated Calf Raise

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Smith Bar Seated Calf Raise

Instructions

Preparation

Position bar slightly higher than lower leg height. Wrap bar pad around center of bar. Place calf block under bar and bench near bar. Sit on bench facing bar and place toes on lower portion of platform with heels extending off. Grasp bar to sides and extend ankles to raise knees so lower thighs are under padded bar. Push heels further up. Disengage bar by rotating bar back.

Execution

Lower heels by bending ankles until calves are stretched. Raise heels by extending ankles as high as possible. Repeat.

Comments

Safety stops can be used to support bar at lowest position, particularly if it is difficult to rack bar to original height. If possible, adjust height of bench or calf block so thigh is close to horizontal. Movement is predominately Soleus. Gastrocnemius are in active insufficiency since knees are significantly bent.

Classification

 Utility: Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Isolated
 Force: Push

Muscles

Target

Synergists

Stabilizers

  • No significant stabilizers

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