Dumbbell Single Leg Calf Raises

Exercise Tips

  • Keep your back straight
  • Do not use your support for an advantage, only for balance

Dumbbell Single Leg Calf Raises

This exercise stretches and works the calf muscles by raising your body up on your toes, one leg at a time. The added weight from the dumbbells intensify the lift.

Muscle Group



1 Day a Week to
5 Days a Week


Dumbbell, Support (Chair, Incline Bench)

Cardiovascular Benefit


Muscle Group: Calves

Equipment: Dumbbell, Support (Chair, Incline Bench)

Minimum Frequency: 1 Day a Week

Maximum Frequency: 5 Days a Week

Cardiovascular Benefit: Low

Exercise Category: Calves

Starting Position: Stand to the right of your support with your feet together, toes pointing forward. Place your left hand on the support for balance, and hold a dumbbell in your right hand, arm hanging straight down by your side. Slightly bend your left leg at the knee, raising your toes off the floor so all your weight is on your right leg.

  1. 1 Exhaling, slowly lift yourself up onto your toes, raising your heel off the floor.
  2. 2 Hold for a one count, then inhale and slowly lower your heel back down to starting position.
  3. 3Repeat this exercise until you have completed all repetitions for the set, then switch sides and repeat with the other leg.

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