The standing barbell calf raise is a lower body exercise that targets the muscles in the calves, specifically the gastrocnemius and the soleus. It is a compound exercise that works the muscles through a full range of motion and can help to improve overall lower body strength and stability.
To perform standing barbell calf raises, you will need a barbell and a block or a step to stand on.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and the balls of your feet on the block or step, holding a barbell with an overhand grip across the back of your shoulders.
- Take a deep breath and exhale as you raise your heels off the block, extending your ankles as high as you can.
- Hold for a moment at the top of the movement before inhaling and slowly lowering your heels back down to the starting position.
Remember to keep your movements controlled and your core tight throughout the exercise. It is important to use proper form to avoid injury and maximize the benefits of the exercise. You can also perform this exercise using a calf raise machine or dumbbells instead of a barbell.
Alternative Exercises For Standing Barbell Calf Raise
Calf Press on the Leg Press Machine