Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise

Lower Body Dumbbell Exercises Video Series

For the standing dumbbell calf raise, you will need a small step or board to do this exercise. This should be only about 2 - 3 inches tall.

This lower body exercise, as the name suggests, primarily targets the calf muscles in the lower legs.

Additional lower leg muscles will also be strengthened with this exercise.

The flexor digitorum longus and flexor hallucis longus muscles assist the calves while performing the calf raise.

You will also be strengthening some of the muscles in your feet and toes with this move.

Balance can sometimes be difficult when doing this exercise. You can use a chair or the wall to place your hand on for additional support if needed.

Exercise #6 - Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise

Make sure your step is not too high for this exercise. A board generally works best for this.
  1. Place a dumbell in each hand and hold them to your side.
  2. Place the balls of your feet on the step and your heels on the ground.
  3. To start, point your toes forward. You can change where you point your toes to alter this move and work different areas of the muscles.
  4. As you exhale, raise your heels up off the floor standing on your toes on the step.
  5. Hold this position for a few seconds and then return to starting position as you inhale.
  6. Repeat this for several repetitions. 

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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