- Calf strength
The seated calf raise isolates the soleus muscles of the lower leg. The seated calf raise forces the knees to flex at approximately 90º, making the larger gastrocnemius unable to assist.
- Sit with the legs bent at right angles and the upper thighs resting against the pads.
- Place the balls of the feet parallel at the same width as the hips and knees.
- Grip the handles and sit up straight.
- Press the weight upward using the calf muscles.
- Ensure even pressure on both feet.
- Hold the weight briefly at the top and return to starting position.
- Moving too fast through the range of motion.
- Placing uneven pressure on the feet.