Kettlebell calf raises can be a great addition to your kettlebell workouts. They are not much different than your traditional barbell and machine calf raises, but since the weights will be supported from a different angle, they will challenge the calf muscles in a slightly different way and therefore encourage additional growth where there was none. filled that potential.
As with all calf raises, there are a few different versions you can experiment with and the main concern is how much stretch on the downside of the movement you want.
An athlete will find that they can lift much more weight when performing standing calf raises straight off the floor. In this movement there is no stretch in the downward part of the movement as the foot goes from being flat on the floor to standing on the balls of the toes, allowing the calf to contract before returning to the feet. flat, allowing the calf muscle to relax.
The other version of the classic standing calf raise is to use some type of platform. The most common platform to perform this movement would be a simple block of wood. Next, the athlete is required to stand with the toes on the end of the block and the heels dangling. The athlete is then required to drive upward to a position where their weight is on the tips of the toes, allowing maximum contraction of the calf muscles before reversing the movement so that the heel is below flat standing position and calf muscle is stretched. In the lower part of the movement it is very important not to allow the calf to bounce as this can injure the Achilles tendon. It explodes from the negative to the tip position.
To use kettlebells to lift standing calves, there are two ways to support weight, both of which will challenge the calves in different ways.
The first and simplest method is to simply hold a kettlebell in each hand and let it hang at the sides of your body. This way of holding kettlebells tends to put more stress on the outside of the calves, which can create a fuller appearance of the calves from the athlete’s rear view.
The other, more difficult way to perform the kettlebell calf raises is to cleanse the kettlebells to the Racked position. Once in the rack position is when you will get on the platform if you are doing this type of calf raise. Performing kettlebell calf raises from this position is much more difficult, and due to the advanced center of gravity that kettlebells place on your calf muscles, you may find it much more difficult to balance. It would be wise to try the floor calf raises first if you want to perform calf raises from the rack position. Once you can master the rack kettlebell calf raises, you will be challenging your calves with the stability of the movement and a great deal of weight focus will be centralized towards the inner calf, helping to create the diamond shape of a well developed calf muscle.
Again, this is just one of many ways kettlebell exercises can provide the necessary boost to your workouts to further encourage muscle growth and definition.