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How do you do calf raises?

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Quick Answer

To do calf raises, stand on a step or an aerobic step platform with your heels hanging off the step. Raise up on your toes, then lower your heels below the platform to complete the stretch.

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  1. Set up the platform

    If you’re using a step on a staircase, use the bottom step to prevent falling down the stairs. If you're using a platform such as an aerobic step platform, place it in a safe area near a wall or something sturdy you can hold onto.

  2. Stand on the platform

    Step onto the platform with your toes and the balls of your feet. Make sure your heels are hanging off the platform, and keep your legs straight.

  3. Perform calf raises

    Raise up on your toes as high as you can, and hold this position for five seconds. If you feel unsteady, lean on a wall or grab something sturdy for support. After five seconds, lower your heels below the platform's surface, and then return to the starting position. This completes one calf raise.

  4. Add weights

    While doing calf raises, hold your arms straight at your sides with weights in your hands. This creates greater resistance and further strengthens the calf muscles.

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