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Calf self massage with barbell

Calf self massage with barbell

The calf self massage with a barbell is an excellent exercise for targeting the muscles in your calves, providing relief from tightness and soreness. This exercise combines the benefits of using a foam roller and adding resistance to the massage, making it an effective method for self-myofascial release. To perform this exercise, you will need a barbell and a firm surface to sit on. Start by sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place the barbell horizontally across your calf muscles, just above your ankles. Ensure the barbell is secure and evenly distributed across both calves. Using your arms, lift your hips off the ground, putting pressure on the barbell against your calves. Roll the barbell up and down your calves, applying as much pressure as you feel comfortable with. As you roll, focus on any tight or tender spots, pausing and holding for a few seconds to provide a deeper massage. This exercise can help increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension, and improve flexibility in your calves. It is especially beneficial for athletes or individuals who engage in activities that heavily involve the calf muscles, such as running or jumping. Remember to start with lighter pressure and gradually increase as you become more familiar with the exercise. You should aim to perform this self-massage for a few minutes on each calf, a few times per week, to experience its full benefits. Incorporating this exercise into your regular fitness routine can help maintain healthy calf muscles and prevent injuries. So, give your calves the care they deserve with the calf self-massage using a barbell!


  • Start by sitting on a flat surface or a bench with your legs extended in front of you.
  • Place a barbell across your thighs, just above your knees.
  • Using your hands, grasp the barbell on both sides and apply downward pressure.
  • Begin rolling the barbell up and down along your calves, targeting any tight or sore spots.
  • Continue rolling for at least 1-2 minutes, or until the tension in your calves starts to release.
  • Remember to breathe deeply and relax as you massage your calf muscles.
  • After the massage, remove the barbell from your thighs and gently stretch your calves by pulling your toes towards your body.

Tips & Tricks

  • Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the load to avoid straining your calf muscles.
  • Focus on using slow and controlled movements to effectively target the calf muscles during the massage.
  • Use the barbell to apply pressure to specific areas of the calf by rolling it back and forth.
  • Experiment with different angles and positions to target different areas of the calf.
  • Apply additional pressure on knots or tight spots to release tension and improve mobility.
  • Combine calf self-massage with stretching exercises for a more comprehensive calf workout.
  • Listen to your body and adjust the intensity and duration of the massage based on your comfort level.
  • Use a foam roller or tennis ball as an alternative to the barbell if you don't have one.
  • Avoid rolling over bony areas or directly on joints to prevent discomfort or injury.
  • Consult with a professional trainer or therapist for personalized guidance and tailored exercises.

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