Coach Nicole's Favorites: Calf Raise with Hop

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In this series of videos, Coach Nicole demonstrates some of her favorite exercises--ones that she actually uses to stay in shape. This exercise adds a twist to traditional calf raises (also called heel raises) by adding a hop at the end to increase challenge.

About the Calf Raise with Hop Exercise
  • Fitness Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Equipment Needed: Dumbbell (optional) and a wall or chair for balance (optional)
  • Type of Exercise: Strength training
  • Muscles Worked: Calves
  • Safety Tip: When hopping, keep your knee slightly bent and land softly on your feet.

Member Comments

  • I think this is great! If one small hop is my muscle-failure point, that's it... so adaptable and user friendly. Thanks coach. - 9/18/2014 8:22:08 PM
  • Geez!! those hops are hard I could only do two!! and no more! I plan on doing these every other day!! I have huge calves and this is on exercise I can add to my ex. For my calves!!
    Thanx So Much ;0)
    - 9/18/2014 6:26:40 PM
  • This is a great idea. I read the other comments and can't believe the number of people who were suggesting a modification or that people with certain issues would not be able to do this. I mean, this is common sense, and Coach Nicole clearly states, here is the calf raise, you can use weights or the wall...and IF you want to take it a step further, hop on one foot with heal raised. There is no need for all of those who made those comments to make them...she never said you HAVE to do this. It was a suggestion if you wanted and COULD take it further. There should be no negativity directed to Coach Nicole. - 9/18/2014 6:54:14 AM
  • Thank you for showing us this exercise.
    I already do the calf raises, fairly regularly.
    I don't think I'll add the hopping though - arthritis and obesity is not a good combination for doing that on 1 leg.
    I could maybe try some very small bounces, very small jumps both legs together, to spread the load? - 3/4/2014 7:11:49 PM
  • Thank you coach Nicole . This should be an easy exercise I tried raising the heal and it's good I was doing that . But jumping I can not do . That's how bad my legs are. Thank you for giving so much - 12/5/2013 1:26:50 PM
  • good exercise....howev
    er, you might want to modify it for someone with knee issues. - 10/7/2013 7:15:25 AM
  • When I am ready, I plan to use the first part with no weights for now. EXCELLENT DEMO THANKS - 9/12/2013 11:06:47 AM
  • Where I fell on my left knee I can't do them right now but I will. I like that. - 6/6/2013 11:04:02 AM
  • May be a good exercise for some people, but you should warn those with knee/ankle/foot issues (such as osteoarthritis) not to do this. The raises would likely be beneficial, but the hopping is dangerous for those with these issues. - 5/6/2013 8:55:29 PM
  • I enjoyed doing this exercise and it will definitely be added to my daily routine, thanks! - 5/6/2013 8:37:22 PM
  • I'm guessing this wouldn't be good if you have knee problems. Is that right? - 5/6/2013 7:23:04 PM
  • Increasing muscle strengh with weight work doesn't necessarily increase muscle size, especially if you use light weights. - 5/6/2013 9:27:46 AM
  • Thank you for this. I will be using this video a lot. It helps me with my RLS and leg pain. Doing this 3 times a day has decreased my leg pain!!! What a great thing for me!!!! - 1/2/2013 7:46:22 AM
  • I will give it a try, thanks Nicole for the tip, but my concern is I have strong calfs and sometimes I get charlie horse's, from too much leg work? What do I do????? - 12/12/2012 1:02:22 AM
  • I wonder if this will help me with the inside of my calves? I have absolutely no definitition on the inside of my calves and would like to some tips on building that part of my calves. I have even heard if I do some type of calf exercises with my toes pointed out or in would help but I'm not sure. Anyone have any tips? - 11/6/2012 6:58:10 PM