Smith Machine Calf Raise

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Smith machine standing calf raise, standing calf raise on smith machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Smith machine, weight plate/wooden block
  • Muscles Targeted: Calves, legs
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4, with 5-7 reps each
  • Variations: Standing calf raise with machine, standing barbell calf raise
  • Alternative: None

The Smith machine calf raise is an effective calf-building exercise performed without using free weights. It can also be used as an alternative exercise if your gym lacks the calf raise machine. You can perform it as an individual exercise or as part of your full body or leg workout routine.

Smith Machine Calf Raise Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Smith machine standing calf raise, standing calf raise on smith machine
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Smith machine, weight plate/wooden block
  • Muscles Targeted: Calves, legs
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4, with 5-7 reps each
  • Variations: Standing calf raise with machine, standing barbell calf raise
  • Alternative: None

How to do Smith Machine Calf Raise

Have the bar of a Smith machine adjusted to a suitable height and place a weight plate below it. Stand on the plate with the balls of your feet and have the bar on the back of your shoulders. Hold the bar with your palms forward and unrack it. Push through the balls of your feet to raise your heels off the plate. Flex your calf at the point of maximum contraction, keeping your knees extended. Pause for one or two count before returning slowly to the initial position.

Smith Machine Standing Calf Raise Tips

  • Make sure that your knees do not bend.
  • Have the balls of your feet on the edge of the plate to make the exercise challenging.
  • Raise your heels as high as you can to utilize the maximum range of motion.

Alternative Exercises

  1. Standing Calf Raise with Machine
  2. Standing Barbell Calf Raise

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