Standing barbell calf raise

The standing barbell calf raise is a popular exercise to target the calf muscles of the lower leg, particularly the gastrocnemius muscle. It can be performed for time or for reps, either using a barbell or Smith machine bar if balance is a problem.


  1. Stretches and targets the calf muscles to add size and strength
  2. Alter tempo or add pauses to increase intensity
  3. Can be performed with both legs at once, one leg at a time, or alternating
  4. Using weight allows tracking and periodization of training

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