FITNESS

3 Best Exercises To Strengthen Your Calves

  • 1. Calf Raise Off A Step
    1 / 3 1. Calf Raise Off A Step

    This move extends your range of motion, improving mobility and working your leg muscles harder.

    Build up to multiple sets of 20 reps, pausing at the top and bottom for a full count.

    Progress to single-leg reps. For more stability, hold on to a power rack or a wall.

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  • 2. Seated Shin Raise
    2 / 3 2. Seated Shin Raise

    This works your shin and ankle muscles.

    Do 100 every time you train your calves (say, 5 sets of 20 reps).

    No machine? You can still do the move with no weight. Just do more reps and include long isometric holds: Pause at the top, pulling your toes as far toward your shins as you can.

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  • 3. Jump Rope
    3 / 3 3. Jump Rope

    Skipping rope will condition your calves, fortify your ankles, and help you build lower-body agility and power.

    Related: Killer Exercises For Explosive Leg Power

    Alternate 30 seconds of work with 30 seconds of rest. That’s 1 round; do 10 to 20.

    And try different variations, like running in place or alternating legs.

    Words by BJ Gaddour

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