How to Do Heel Raise: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Heel raise exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Heel Raises

Muscles worked in heel raises

Primary muscles worked:

How to Do Heel Raises

  1. Stand on a solid surface, or an elevation for increased range of motion. Hold on to something for balance.
  2. Raise your heels by using your calves.
  3. Lower yourself with control, and repeat for reps.


The heel raise is a classic calf exercise, which in its base form doesn’t require any equipment. If you want to make the exercise heavier, you can hold something heavy in your free hand, such as a dumbbell. An alternative is to use both your legs on the way up, but lower yourself down using only one leg.

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