Standing Calf Raise: Muscles Worked & Technique

Standing Calf Raise exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Standing Calf Raises

Muscles worked in Standing Calf Raises

Primary muscles worked:

How to Do Standing Calf Raises

  • Place your toes and the ball of your feet on the foot support. Place the shoulder pads against your shoulders, and stand upright in the starting position.
  • Lower yourself down by bending your ankles in a controlled movement.
  • Push yourself up by extending your ankles.


Standing calf raises train both the inner (solues) and outer (gastrocnemius) calf muscles simultaneously.

A variant of the exercise is seated calf raises, in which the gastrocnemius is shortened and therefore somewhat disengaged, thus isolating the work to soleus.

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