Calf & Achilles Strengthening

 Calf,  Leg,  Strengthen

Heel Raises

Standing on a step, with straight leg, raise the heel (contracting your calf)  until you are on your toes.  Bring the other leg back to join the working leg and lower both back down together. This can be performed on the floor if it is too hard on a step. Click on photo for full image.

Eccentric Loading Calf Exercise for Achilles (Gastrocnemius)

Raise both heels, until you are standing on both toes. Lift one leg away and slowly lower the single leg back down until the heel is horizontal. The calf is working hardest on the way down. Weights can be added to progress. Click the photo for full image.

Eccentric Loading Calf Exercise for Achilles (Soleus)

Raise both heels, until you are standing on both toes.  Lift one leg away, slightly bend the knee of the supporting leg and slowly lower it back down until the heel is horizontal.  The calf is working hardest on the way down. Weights can be added to progress. Click the photo for full image.