CALVES, LOWER LEG STABILIZERS
Stand on a stable box or stair step so that half of each foot is off the box or stair and your body weight is on the balls of your feet. Your feet should be parallel to the floor. Hold a dumbbell in the vertical position tightly to your chest. Stand tall and allow a natural curve in your lower back (A).
Mentally focus your attention on your core for balance, and slowly rise up onto your toes (B). HARD
Pause at the top and squeeze your calves to rise as high as possible.
Slowly lower back down until your heels are just a tiny bit below parallel to the floor. EASY
Why It’s Perfect for You
Calf Raises improve ankle and lower leg function, helping to support all of your activities. Improved balance and stability in your ankles and feet are essential for injury prevention. Ankles are often neglected, and strong ankles and lower legs are the foundation of everything that you do. This movement appears in all of my 90-day training programs because it is so important. Make time to perform it!