8 Fantastic Exercises To Reduce Calf Fat And Strengthen Leg Muscles

Since ancient times, ankles and calves were a symbol of beauty in every woman’s features. If the calf muscle is tones and well-built, it will give the appearance of a slimmer thigh.

As summer is around the corner, it’s time to wear those lovely skinny jeans or those summer shorts you like, and you need to make sure that your calves look as tight as possible.

The following exercises are the most suitable to build-up those exquisite calf muscles that will make your legs look perfect!

1. Wide Squat With Calf Raise

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How to do:

– Stand with your feet about three to four feet apart, toes turned out.
– Bring your hands together in front of your chest, and squat down so your thighs are parallel with the floor, knees over the ankles.
– Raise your left heel off the floor, and begin to pulse the hips up and down, isolating the left calf.
– Continue pulsing for 30 seconds, and then switch sides to complete this exercise.

2. Calf Raise

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How to do:

– Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, bracing a park bench or tree for balance if required.
– Keeping core taut, raise body until standing on the tips of your toes.
– Squeeze calves at the top of movement to optimize.

3. Single-Leg Touch and Hop

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How to do:

– Begin standing with your weight on your left foot. Keeping your back long, bend your left knee to touch the floor with your right fingers.
– Swing your right leg and left arm forward to return to standing, hopping once the torso is upright.
– Land with control, then slowly lower your torso, and bend your knee to touch the floor again.
– Do two sets of 10 reps.

4. Seated calf raises

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How to do:

– Sit in a chair with your legs bent at a 90-degree angle, feet flat on the floor.
– Place a dumbbell in each hand (10 pounds or heavier; remember, your calves are strong enough to move your entire body’s weight around all day) and hold one on top of each knee.
– Slowly squeeze your calf muscles as you raise up onto the balls of your feet (avoid bouncing up and down). Pause and slowly lower back down, without resting.
– Repeat 15 or more times.

5. Stair Climber

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How to do:

– Nothing tones your calves while getting your heart pumping like a good old-fashioned stair workout on traditional stairs or a stair master.
– Aim for 30 minutes or more per session to carve out those calf muscles.
– We recommend even doing some runs up and down some outdoor bleachers.

6. Mountain Climbers

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How to do:

– Start in a push up position and make sure your abs are tight and contracted.
– Start running your legs in and out. Repeat as fast as you can for one minute.
– Mountain climbers are an all-over leg strengthener, and the explosive jumping movement strengthens your calves.

7. Jump Squats

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How to do:

– Adding a jump to a basic squats will help work the calves (and quads) even more.
– Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
– Start by doing a regular squat, then engage your core and jump up explosively.
– When you land, lower your body back into the squat position to complete one rep. Land as quietly as possible, which requires control.
– Do two to three sets of 10 reps.

8. Jump Rope

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How to do:

– Jumping rope is a great calf exercise, plus it is a great fat burner, cheap, and can be performed just about anywhere.
– No rope? Just jump up and down on the balls of your feet for 30 seconds. Rest and repeat for 3 sets.
– Return to the starting position and repeat for required repetitions.

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