Seated Heel Raise Exercises

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Seated heel raise exercises can be completed using a very important and thorough technique. Learn about seated heel raise exercises with help from a fitness expert and certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristy Lee Wilson. I am a personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist. My website is Today, I am going to show you some seated heel raise exercises. So heel raise also known as calf raises are great exercises for the calf muscle, an often neglected muscle of the legs. Performing this exercise seated focuses more on the soleus muscle which is the smaller muscle on the calf. The bigger muscle the gastroc, is loosened as it attaches just above the knee so when the knees are bent it focuses more on the soleus. So what you want to do you want to sit down and have a bench. You can use either a bench or even weight plates. You put your toes on the edge. Place a weight on your knees to proved some resistance. You want to drop the heels down and then press through the toes, lifting up as high as you can up on those toes. Drop the heels down then lift up as high as you can up onto those toes. Really feel the calf muscles squeeze at the top of the movement. Now if you want to vary this exercise you can turn the toes in and turn the heels out. This places more of an emphasis on the inside the medial part of the calf muscle. Same thing drop the heels down. And then press up as hard as you can on the toes. Drop the heels down and then lift up. To focus more on the outside the lateral part of the calf turn the toes out. Put the heels together. Drop the heels down. And then lift up onto the toes. Drop the heels down and press up onto the toes. I'm Kristy Lee Wilson, and we just learned some seated heel raise exercises.


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