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Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise

  1. Stand with your torso upright holding two dumbbells in your hands by your sides. Place the ball of the foot on a sturdy and stable wooden board (that is around 2-3 inches tall) while your heels extend off and touch the floor. This will be your starting position.
  2. With the toes pointing either straight (to hit all parts equally), inwards (for emphasis on the outer head) or outwards (for emphasis on the inner head), raise the heels off the floor as you exhale by contracting the calves. Hold the top contraction for a second.
  3. As you inhale, go back to the starting position by slowly lowering the heels.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of times.

Note: As you become stronger you may need to use wrist wraps to avoid having the dumbbells slip out of your hands.

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Standing Gastrocnemius Calf Stretch

  1. Place your right heel on a step with your knee extended and lean forward to grab your right toe with your right hand. Your left knee should be slightly bent and your back should be straight.
  2. Support your weight on your left leg and place your left hand on your left thigh.
  3. Pull your right toes toward your knee until you feel a stretch in your calf.
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Standing Soleus And Achilles Stretch

  1. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, one foot slightly in front of the other.
  2. Bend both knees, keeping your back heel on the floor. Switch sides.
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