Standing Heel Raises
Purpose: An excellent way to tone and increase
definition in the calf muscles.
Implementation: Stand with a dumbbell in each
hand. Your feet should be hip-width apart, with your toes on a platform, weight
or block a couple of inches off the ground. Your heels should be on the floor,
with your arms extended at your sides. Put your weight on the balls of your feet
so you're leaning forward slightly. Rise all the way up onto your toes. Feel the
contraction 'in your calves and pause for about 2 seconds at the top, then lower
slowly and under control to the starting position. Your arms should remain
in position, though your body will probably be more upright. Lower.
Notes: You can use anything in your home for a platform, ex: your
stairs a board, some books, anything to elevate your heels slightly.
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