Exercise of the Week: Eccentric Calf Raise

January 24, 2013

The STACK Exercise of the Week will help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week, we highlight the Eccentric Calf Raise, an exercise that increases explosive calf strength.

Who’s Doing It

  • Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings LW

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases explosive calf strength
  • Improves deceleration

Eccentric Calf Raise Sports Performance Benefits

The calves are not the largest lower-body muscles, but they're among the most important for every movement that involves foot-ground contact. Developing explosive calves will help you push off the ground harder when running and jumping or against the ice at the end of your skating stride. Strong, explosive calves also help you absorb force, allowing you to slow down faster so you can quickly change direction.

Eccentric Calf Raise How To

  • Assume position on calf raise machine
  • Stand on one foot and lower heel to ground for two counts
  • Return opposite foot to machine and explode upward with both feet
  • Hold at top for one count
  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3-4x8-10 each leg

Eccentric Calf Raise Coaching Points

  • Keep core tight and chest against pad
  • Do not bounce during movement
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
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