Dumbbell Calf Raise

Learn how to perform a dumbbell calf raise perfectly with instructions and video by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Dumbbell Calf Raise

Primary Muscles: Calf

Exercise Families: Legs

Equipment: Dumbbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Stand holding a pair of weights by the sides, shoulders blades pulled back, and spine and head in good posture. Position the feet hip-width apart, toes pointing straight ahead.

  2. Tighten your lower leg muscles to raise the heels off the ground. Lift the ankle to maximum height, flex your calf, pause briefly, and control the motion as you lower the heels to the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat the calf raises for the specified amount of time or repetitions. 

  3. You should feel this working the calf, lower leg, and flexor muscles of the feet. 

Alternative Exercises:

Bodyweight Calf Raise  Barbell Calf Raise

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