Calf Press

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Calves
Secondary Muscle(s) None
Equipment Machine
Emphasis Isolation
Type Push

Calf Press Instructions

  • Sit in a leg press machine with your feet at the base of the foot pad.
  • Knees are slightly flexed and your feet are pointed straight ahead.
  • Unrack the leg press by flexing/extending at the ankle.
    • Maintain the knee flex throughout the range-of-motion.
  • Conscientiously control the exercise by lengthening and shortening your calf musculature.
  • Always keep your knees slightly flexed.
  • At the top (full plantar flexion), think about driving your heel into the back of your knee.
    • Don't bounce the weight up. Really emphasize controlling the exercise with your calves. 
    • Muscle > Momentum


  • Establish a strong mind-muscle connection and be deliberate with each repetition. 
  • Experiment with different rep schemes and various time-under-tension protocols. 
  • Don't actively point your feet internally or externally. This will have no real effect on the execution of the exercise.
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