Leg Press Calf Raise

Exercise / Calf

Leg Press Calf Raise overview

The Leg Press Calf Raise is a targeted exercise that focuses on strengthening the calf muscles. By utilizing the leg press machine, this exercise provides a stable platform to isolate and engage the calves effectively. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to optimize the benefits of the Leg Press Calf Raise in your lower body training routine.

The Leg Press Calf Raise primarily targets the calf muscles.

Leg Press Calf Raise how to perform

  • Step 1: Begin by adjusting the leg press machine to an appropriate weight. Sit on the machine with your back against the backrest and your feet placed hip-width apart on the lower part of the platform.
  • Step 2: Ensure your toes are pointing forward and the balls of your feet are on the edge of the platform, allowing your heels to hang off.
  • Step 3: Grasp the handles or bars provided on the machine for stability.
  • Step 4: Engage your core and keep your back flat against the backrest.
  • Step 5: Inhale and press through the balls of your feet, lifting your heels as high as possible.
  • Step 6: Contract your calf muscles at the top of the movement.
  • Step 7: Exhale and slowly lower your heels back down, feeling a stretch in your calves.


Perform each repetition with controlled movements, focusing on the contraction of the calf muscles.

Starting position

Final position

CAUTION: Rember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.

Exercise Tips

  • Maintain proper posture with your back against the backrest throughout the movement.
  • Keep a controlled pace during both the concentric (lifting) and eccentric (lowering) phases.
  • Engage your core to stabilize your body on the machine.
  • Use a weight that challenges you while allowing for proper form.


  1. Single-Leg Leg Press Calf Raise: Perform the exercise one leg at a time for a unilateral variation, focusing on each calf individually.
  2. Seated Leg Press Calf Raise: Sit on the leg press machine with your knees slightly bent and perform calf raises in a seated position.
  3. Donkey Calf Raise: Utilize a dedicated donkey calf raise machine if available for a different angle of engagement.
  4. Smith Machine Calf Raise: Use a Smith machine for calf raises, adjusting the barbell height for your comfort.