how to do seated calf raises

While most people focus on the thighs, it’s important to remember that stocky calves can be quite unsightly and even make way for the dreaded ‘cankles’ (where the calf muscles appear to merge into your ankles).

Also make note that this part of the body needs to be engaged, because it is prone to spasms, knots, tissue damage and a whole host of injuries, so strengthening your calf muscles will serve you well in the long run. Try some seated calf raises to get the job done:

Step 1: Sit on the calf machine and put your toes on the platform and let the heel extend off it. Place free-weights that allow you to do at least 10 reps on your lap. Raise your heels and put the weight on your toes—this is your starting position.

Step 2: As you inhale, bend your ankles and lower your heels till you can feel the muscles in your calves stretch. Slowly get back to starting position and exhale.

Seated calf raises exercise the soleus muscles, which are the muscles on the side of the calves. Do 3 sets of 10 reps of the exercise and after each set, rest for 45 seconds.

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