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Straight-Leg Calf Raise (Standing Calf Raise) Guide

  1. Exercise Type: Isolation - focuses on targeting and isolating specific muscle groups, allowing for targeted muscle development.
  2. Targeted Muscle Groups:
    • primary: calves, left soleus, right soleus
    • secondary: tibialis anterior
    • tertiary: hamstrings stabilizers
    • quaternary: gluteal stabilizers

How to perform?

Begin by standing on the top of a stair or step bench with dumbbells in hand and feet hip-width apart. Allow your heels to extend off the bench so that you are on the balls of your feet. Stand with a long, tall spine and abs drawn inward. Rise up onto the balls of your feet with knees straight but not locked. Pause at the top, and squeeze your calf muscles. Lower down just until your feet are in line with the bench—do not drop them below the level of the bench. That's one rep.

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