Smith Seated Calf Raise

Smith Seated Calf Raise


This exercise involves sitting on a machine with a weight on your knees and lifting your heels up and down to work your calf muscles. The Smith machine provides stability and support during the movement.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Smith Seated Calf Raise Instructions

  1. Adjust the seat height so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle when your feet are on the platform.
  2. Place the balls of your feet on the platform and your thighs under the padded lever.
  3. Grasp the handles on the sides of the seat for stability.
  4. Slowly raise your heels as high as possible while keeping your knees stationary.
  5. Hold the contraction for a second before slowly lowering your heels back down to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Smith Seated Calf Raise Form & Visual

Smith Seated Calf Raise

Smith Seated Calf Raise Benefits

  • Targets the calf muscles specifically, helping to build strength and definition in the lower legs
  • Can be done with a variety of weights and resistance levels, allowing for progression and continued challenge
  • Can be done in a seated position, making it a good option for those with limited mobility or balance issues
  • Helps to improve ankle stability and flexibility, which can be beneficial for athletes and those who are active
  • Can be easily modified to target different areas of the calf muscles, such as the soleus or gastrocnemius

Smith Seated Calf Raise Muscles Worked

  • Gastrocnemius
  • Soleus

Smith Seated Calf Raise Variations & Alternatives

  • Standing Calf Raise
  • Donkey Calf Raise
  • Single Leg Calf Raise
  • Barbell Calf Raise
  • Seated Single Leg Calf Raise