Seated, Bent-Knee Calf Raises

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Seated, bent-knee calf raises aren't nearly as difficult as you might assume. Find out how to properly do seated, bent-knee calf raises with help from a longtime certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Renee Byrd with Camp Gladiator in Dallas, Texas, here to talk about a seated calf raise. A seated calf raise is a great way to develop your calves especially if you are new to working out or you are a beginner. Maybe you've come out of a rehab program and you're really looking to get back into strength training. So what you'll do is you'll have a seat, make sure that your feet are under your knees properly and you're sitting nice and tall, your shoulders are always back with great posture, abs are pulled in. Remember with your weights you can hold them whatever way is comfortable for you. For example, if you would like to hold them like this, this is totally okay. The purpose of your hands on the weights are to just stabilize the dumbbells. So what you'll do is you'll sit nice and tall, you'll go up as high as you can on your tippy toes, slowly release into the ground. What you don't want to do a lot of people have the tendency to go really fast and never actually feeling the benefit of your calf raise, so make sure you go up nice and slow, down nice and slow, up nice and slow and back down in a controlled movement. You can also turn your dumbbells sideways if you'd like. Again, hands are just there for balance, not to remove the weight from the work. All the way up, still in that nice tall posture position and then finally if you are really really a beginner and you're not quite comfortable using your weights yet, guys, feel free to set them to the side. Again just sit nice and tall still getting the benefit out of the calf raise. Again, I'm Renee Byrd with Camp Gladiator, and we just covered how to perform a seated calf raise.


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