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Reverse Calf Raises - Muscles Worked & Benefits

Exercise Type: Single-joint
Primary Muscles Worked: Calves

The Reverse Calf Raise works the front of the lower leg, an area often ignored when developing the calf muscles. Reverse Calf Raises define the separation between the inner and outer calf, making the leg look a lot bigger. Intensity of the Reverse Calf Raise (when performed standing) can be increased by positioning heels closer to the edge of the platform.

Reverse Calf Raises - Exercise Workout & Technique

  • Position yourself so that you are standing on an elevated block.
  • Inhale and point your toes downwards as far as they will reach. This is the starting point.
  • Exhale and lift your toes up as high as you can, focussing on feeling the muscles at the front of the lower leg contract.
  • Complete the desired repetition range, rest, then repeat.

Reverse Calf Raises - Tips & Safety

  • Ensure that you achieve a full range of motion with this exercise for maximum benefit.
  • Complete a few reps with your own weight before hooking your toes under a light weight to provide extra resistance.
  • This exercise can be peformed toward the end of your leg workout as it does not require a great deal of energy.

Reverse Calf Raises - Alternatives

  • Try Standing Calf Raises to target the back of the calves, this method also allows for added intensity as you can adjust your feet closer to the edge of the platform.
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