Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine
Benefits Of This Exercise
- The leg press calf raise is a great exercise for targeting the calves, building stronger, more muscular calves.
- Develops ankle strength and stability, providing a great way to prevent injury.
- Improves running capability and overall athleticism.
- This exercise is relatively low impact, putting less stress on the joints and tendons than running or jumping.
- You can increase the intensity by adding weight plates to the leg press machine.
Step by Step Instructions For Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine
- Using a leg press machine, sit down on the machine and place your legs on the platform directly in front of you at a medium (shoulder width) foot stance.
- Lower the safety bars holding the weighted platform in place and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended in front of you without locking your knees. Your torso and the legs should make perfect 90-degree angle. Now carefully place your toes and balls of your feet on the lower portion of the platform with the heels extending off. Toes should be facing forward, outwards or inwards as described at the beginning of the chapter. This will be your starting position.
- Press on the platform by raising your heels as you breathe out by extending your ankles as high as possible and flexing your calf. Ensure that the knee is kept stationary at all times. There should be no bending at any time. Hold the contracted position by a second before you start to go back down.
- Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in by lowering your heels as you bend the ankles until calves are stretched.
- Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
Caution: Be very cautious as you place the feet in the bottom part of the platform as if you slip and the safety bars are not locked then you could suffer a serious accident.
Variations: You can perform this exercise one leg at a time.
Warm Up Tips
- Start by sitting on a leg press machine and placing your legs on the platform in front of you at a medium foot stance.
- Lower the safety bars and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended without locking your knees.
- Place your toes and balls of your feet on the lower portion of the platform, with your heels extending off.
- Press on the platform by raising your heels as high as possible, flexing your calf muscles, and keeping your knees stationary.
- Hold the contracted position for a second before slowly lowering your heels back down to the starting position.
- Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
- Be cautious when placing your feet on the platform to avoid slipping and potential accidents.
- Variation: You can perform this exercise one leg at a time for added challenge.
The leg press calf raise is a great exercise for targeting and strengthening the calf muscles. It can help improve overall athleticism and prevent injuries by strengthening the muscles around the ankle joint. The exercise is low impact, making it suitable for individuals with knee or ankle issues. To increase intensity, you can add weight plates to the leg press machine. Incorporate this exercise into your workout routine to build calf strength and endurance while minimizing the risk of injuries.
Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Safety Tips
- Ensure that the leg press machine is properly set up and adjusted for your body size and comfort.
- Before starting the exercise, make sure the safety bars are properly locked in place to prevent accidents.
- Maintain a medium foot stance on the platform, with your legs shoulder-width apart, to ensure stability and proper alignment.
- When pressing the platform up, avoid locking your knees to prevent strain or injury to the joints.
- Keep your torso and legs at a 90-degree angle throughout the exercise to maintain proper form.
- Place your toes and balls of your feet on the lower portion of the platform with your heels extending off, ensuring that your toes are facing forward, outwards, or inwards as described.
- As you raise your heels and extend your ankles, breathe out and flex your calf muscles. Keep your knees stationary and avoid any bending.
- Hold the contracted position for a second before slowly lowering your heels and bending your ankles to stretch your calves.
- Repeat the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions, following a controlled and smooth motion.
- Be cautious when placing your feet on the platform to avoid slipping, especially if the safety bars are not locked.
- If desired, you can perform the exercise one leg at a time for added variation and targeted calf muscle activation.
- Listen to your body and