Standing Machine Calf Raise

Exercise / Calf

Standing Machine Calf Raise overview

The Standing Machine Calf Raise is a targeted exercise designed to isolate and strengthen the calf muscles. Utilizing a dedicated standing calf raise machine, this exercise provides a controlled environment to focus on the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of the calves. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to optimize the benefits of the Standing Machine Calf Raise in your lower body training routine.

The Standing Machine Calf Raise primarily targets the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of the calves.

Standing Machine Calf Raise how to perform

  • Step 1: Begin by adjusting the standing calf raise machine to an appropriate height. Set the shoulder pads at a comfortable position.
  • Step 2: Position yourself with your shoulders under the pads and the balls of your feet on the foot platform.
  • Step 3: Grasp the handles or bars provided on the machine for stability.
  • Step 4: Engage your core and maintain an upright posture.
  • 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 an upright posture with your shoulders under the pads 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 Standing Machine Calf Raise: Perform the exercise one leg at a time for a unilateral variation, focusing on each calf individually.
  2. High-Intensity Techniques: Incorporate techniques such as drop sets or rest-pause sets for added intensity.
  3. Smith Machine Standing Calf Raise: Use a Smith machine for standing calf raises, adjusting the barbell height for your comfort.
  4. Toe Press on the Leg Press Machine: Utilize the leg press machine for toe presses to target the calf muscles from a different angle.