Seated Calf Raise: Muscles Worked & Technique

Seated Calf Raise exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Seated Calf Raises

Muscles worked by calf raises

Primary muscles worked:

How to Do Seated Calf Raises

  • Sit down on the seat, and adjust the knee pad to correct height. Place your toes and the ball of your feet on the foot support.
  • Lower the weight by bending your ankles in a controlled movement.
  • Push the weight up by extending your ankles.


Seated calf raises mostly train the inner calf muscle (solues), because the outer calf muscle (gastrocnemius) is in a shortened position.

A variant of the exercise is standing calf raises, in which both calf muscles are trained simultaneously.

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