6 Calf Exercises for More Shapely Legs

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Having strong calf muscles are what gives our lower legs that often sought after well-defined look, but having strong calf muscles also aids running and walking by allowing for ankle extension. While many of us find working the quadriceps (front thigh) and hamstrings (back thigh) a natural part of our workout routine, do not underestimate the power of working this group of muscles.

Two of the major muscles that make up the calves include the gastronemius (the outer calf) and the soleus (the inner calf). By doing a variety of calf strength training exercises and stretches you are ensuring that you are targeting all muscles involved.

Ankle Flexion

Calf Raises

While standing calf raises are great for targeting the gastronemius, the seated calf raise (below) is great for targeting the soleus.


Calf Rocking with Dumbbells

Single Leg Calf Raises on a Step

Calf Stretches

For more calf exercises and stretches, click here to view Coach Nicole’s Calf and Ankle Stretching Routine.

Do you strength train and/or stretch your calf muscles? If so, what is your all-time favorite exercise?