The seated calf raise exercise is used to strengthen the calf muscles, especially Soleus. It is an early stage exercise which can be progressed to standing once this is pain free.
- To strengthen the Soleus muscle, the athlete performs a heel raise in a seated position.
- Bending the knee relaxes the overlying Gastrocnemius.
- A bar weight can be added to the thighs to increase difficulty.
- Ensure the downward phase is performed slowly and under complete control.