barbell calf raise

Barbell Calf Raise, Method and benefits


Most people forget about their lower body when it comes to gyming. And I know you are not part of them, you want to work on your leg. That’s why you opened this article.

Barbell Calf Raise will strengthen your calves which is necessary for walking, running, and many other daily activities. It will make your calves strong and look good. And they are must-do for sprinters.

How To Do Barbell Calf Raise?

Put a weighted plate on the floor. Place a barbell on the back of your shoulder and grip it with both of your hands, make sure the barbell is on the upper back not on your neck.

Please keep in mind, the barbell should not be too heavy, it can lead to injury. Select the weight that you can lift without losing your form and structure.

Place the ball of your feet on the edge of the weighted block. Lower your heels down as low as you can, pause in the bottom and feel the stress on the calves.

Then lift your heels as high as you can, take the pause on the top and squeeze the calves. Get back to start position, that’s one rep. Repeat the exercise.

At first, go for 3 sets of 15 reps and then increase the weights, repetition, and sets as you progress.

Muscle Target:

gastrocnemius and soleus

Gastrocnemius and Soleus

Benefits of Barbell Calf Raise:

Muscular Calves

There is no doubt in this that calf raise results in muscle hypertrophy. Since you do the calf raise regularly then you will see your calf muscles are growing.

 Better Lower Body Stability

If your lower body is not stable, it will cause you difficulty while walking, running, and in many daily life activities. There can be many reasons for instability but low strength in calves is one of them.

Stronger Calf muscle will make your body stable.

Improved Performance

Strong and stable “calf and ankle” will have a significant impact on your ability to lift heavy, running, jumping, and many more other activities. You will able to do more squats, live heavyweight, and run fast.

Reduces The Risk Of Injuries

Weak calves and ankles are less stable, and they can create many issues while running, walking, and even standing. And can ultimately lead to injuries.

Barbell Calf Raise will make your calves stronger, stabilizes your ankle, and reduces the risk of injuries.

Key Notes

Now you know how to do barbell calf raise, there are not as tough as they seem. They have many advantages which worth the efforts. Add them with squats to have the overall strong leg.

So hit the gym and add them to your gym routine.

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