Watch the video below to see a demonstration of proper form and technique for the barbell calf raise exercise. You can also check out some more calf exercise videos or find exercises for other muscle groups.
Instructions for Barbell Calf Raise
To perform a set of barbell calf raise:
Start under a racked (just below shoulder height) barbell and place it
at the top of your back with your feet shoulder width apart and trunk in a neutral position. Grab the bar
with a pronated grip as far out as needed for comfort. Build tension in your trunk by contracting your
back and abdominals before standing up and unracking the barbell.
Concentric (Upward) Motion
While maintaining the tension in your trunk, push the
ball of your feet into the ground to raise your heels into the air. Remember to breathe normally and
continue holding the bar throughout the entire movement.
Pause at the top position for a 1sec count while squeezing your
Eccentric (Lowering) Motion
Lower your heels back to the ground under control while
maintaining whole body tension. Remember to grip the bar securely during the whole
Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have completed the desired number
of barbell calf raise repetitions before re-racking the barbell.
This completes one set of barbell calf raise.