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Single Leg Calf Raises

Exercise Tips

  • Keep your toes pointed forward
  • Legs must be straight but not locked
  • Hold the lift at the bottom and top of the exercise

Single Leg Calf Raises

This exercise works the calf muscles using just body weight. A great lift for each leg at a time, when no weights are available.

Muscle Group



1 Day a Week to
5 Days a Week


Raised surface (Block, book, or a step)

Cardiovascular Benefit


Muscle Group: Calves

Equipment: Raised surface (Block, book, or a step)

Minimum Frequency: 1 Day a Week

Maximum Frequency: 5 Days a Week

Cardiovascular Benefit: Low

Exercise Category: Calf

Starting Position: Stand on the raised surface on one leg.

  1. 1 Lower yourself down using only your ankle so that your heel is lower than your toe.
  2. 2 Lift up with just your ankle until your calf muscle is fully extended.
  3. 3 Repeat using opposite leg.