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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

  • 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
  • I love it! I'm doing these as soon as the kids are done with homework.
    - 11/6/2012 5:58:42 PM
  • I agree...i have large calfs and would not want them
    to increase in size. My calf size due to being over-weight. - 11/6/2012 10:59:56 AM
  • really hard the hops would be beyond me I think - 10/31/2012 9:27:37 AM