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Smith One Leg Floor Calf Raise

Smith One Leg Floor Calf Raise

The Smith One Leg Floor Calf Raise is an excellent exercise for targeting the calf muscles and developing lower leg strength. This exercise specifically engages the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles, which are responsible for ankle extension and help with stabilizing the lower leg during activities such as running, jumping, and walking. By using the Smith machine for this exercise, you can easily adjust the resistance and maintain control throughout the movement. The one-leg variation adds an extra challenge by placing more demand on the calf muscles to stabilize the body. Adding the Smith One Leg Floor Calf Raise to your routine can improve your athletic performance and enhance functional movements like squatting, jumping, and landing. Additionally, strong and well-developed calf muscles can help prevent injuries such as ankle sprains. Remember to start with a proper warm-up before performing this exercise to prepare your muscles and joints. It is also important to use proper form and maintain a slow and controlled motion during the movement to effectively target the calf muscles. Incorporating the Smith One Leg Floor Calf Raise into your workout routine can contribute to well-rounded lower body development, enhance athleticism, and improve overall leg strength.


  • Position yourself inside a smith machine with the bar set at about waist height.
  • Stand on one leg with your toes on the edge of a weight plate or any similar elevation.
  • Hold onto the bar for support, or place your hands on your hips for added difficulty.
  • Begin the exercise by raising your heel as high as possible, while keeping the rest of your body still and straight.
  • Pause briefly at the top of the movement, then slowly lower your heel back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions, then switch to the other leg.
  • Ensure that your movement is controlled and avoid using momentum to lift the weight.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure proper form and alignment throughout the exercise.
  • Engage your core and maintain a stable base during the movement.
  • Start with a light weight or just your bodyweight and gradually increase the resistance as you get stronger.
  • Focus on a slow and controlled eccentric (lowering) phase to maximize muscle activation.
  • Avoid excessively locking out your knee at the top of the movement.
  • Add variety by incorporating different foot positions (toes forward, toes turned in, toes turned out) to target different calf muscles.
  • Perform the exercise on both legs to maintain muscle balance and symmetry.
  • Increase the challenge by performing the exercise on an elevated platform.
  • Don't forget to stretch your calves before and after the workout to prevent tightness and improve flexibility.
  • Listen to your body and adjust the workout intensity as needed to prevent overtraining and injury.

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