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Calves - General Rules

place the ball of the foot in contact with the pad / platform / ground


medium stance unless stated otherwise (hips, knees and ankles inline)

keep knees stable throughout (when standing, lock out quads and contract the glutes)


ensure full ankle flexion and extension (not foot)

only come up from the bottom when the tibialis anterior at the front contracts


focus on driving the weight through the big toe (not via the outsides of the feet)

when you think you’re up all the way, go a little further (max height); aim for a huge peak contraction and really fight for those inches, bring the heels up as high as physically possible

consciously think also about pulling the knees / ankles together throughout (intention). Don't move them - just create a tension in calves!

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