Place shoulders under padded lever. Position toes and balls of feet on calf block with arches and heels extending off. Grasp handles or sides of padded lever. Stand erect by extending hips and knees.
Raise heels by extending ankles as high as possible. Lower heels by bending ankles until calves are stretched. Repeat.
If possible, position lever just below lowest range of motion. Keep knees straight throughout exercise or bend knees slightly only during stretch. Quadriceps serve as synergist muscle if knees are bent slightly during stretch. See Calf Exercise Analyses.