Smith machine calf raise

The Smith machine standing calf raise is a machine-based exercise targeting the muscles of the calves, particularly the gastrocnemius or upper calf muscle. It is usually performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or more, as part of the lower-body portion of a workout.

SMITH MACHINE CALF RAISE BENEFITS:
  • Adds size and shape to calves
  • Easier to overload on a Smith machine than with a barbell
  • The bar moves on a track making it easier to get into position and control

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  • Main Muscle Worked: Calves
  • Secondary Muscles Worked: None
  • Type: Strength
  • Equipment: Smith Machine
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Force Type: Push
  • Level: Beginner
STEP BY STEP GUIDE:
  1. Adjust the bar corresponding to your height.
  2. Step underneath the bar and place the balls of your feet on a platform/step with your toes pointed straight ahead – your heels will naturally hang off.
  3. With your chest up, lower the heels by flexing the ankles until the calves are fully stretched.
  4. Extend the ankles and exhale as you flex the calves.

REPEAT FOR DESIRED REPS

How to do Smith Machine Calf Raise