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Calf Muscles Exercises

Calf Muscles Exercises

Calf muscles can sometimes be neglected at the gym. Try these exercises to help define those calves.

Heel raises

Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Raise your heels and stand on your tip toes. Then slowly drop your heals back to the floor. You can complete this with or without a weight in your hands.

High heel suitcase-carry

Walking on your tip toes, hold a weight in one hand. Ensure you keep your shoulders level and core strong to have an upright posture. Don’t let the weight on one side of your body pull you down to the side. This exercise works your core and calves. Complete with the weight on each side.

Agility ladder

Set up an agility ladder on the floor. There are many exercises and foot patterns that you can utilize with the agility ladder to improve your agility and calf definition. Click here to see more agility ladder variations.


With a block or step in front of you, step up with one foot and lift the other knee into a high knee position. Complete with the opposite leg leading up the stairs to start as well. You can also do quick feet up the stairs if you have a set of stairs.

Jumping jacks

Jumping jacks are a great way to work your calf muscles. Any jumping movement on your toes is a great workout for your calves.

Jump rope

You will need a jump rope for this exercise. There are many ways you can jump rope and many tricks you can learn but the most basic benefits of this exercise can be found by jumping with feet together or jumping on one leg at a time.

PhysioMax Wellness is a Physiotherapy clinic located in Burlington, Ontario. PhysioMax Wellness offers; physiotherapychiropractic caremassage therapy and more. We use manual therapies as well as various modalities to improve the rate of healing from injuries. Our goal is to work with you and for you to create personalized plans to recover from injuries and help your reach your health goals for conditions you may have.

Julia de Reijke RKin, CSEP-CPT, BASc Kinesiology (Hons), DipFTHP

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