Calf Raises on the Leg Press Machine

Sit down on a leg press machine and place your legs on the platform with your feet at approximately one shoulder widths distance from one another. After unracking the leg press machine, lower the safety bars and straighten your legs until your knees are nearly locked. At this point, your torso and your legs should be forming a right angle. Carefully place the balls of your feet on the lower portion of the platform with your heels hanging off of the platform. Now, press the platform by raising your heels as high as you possibly can, flexing your calf muscles. Ensure that, throughout this motion, you are keeping your knees stationary. They should not be bending in either direction at any point. Once your heels are as high as they can reach, hold the peak contraction momentarily before slowly lowering your heels to their stretched position at the bottom of the movement. Repeat for the prescribed number of repetitions. This exercise can also be performed one leg at a time.

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