Heel Raises With Squats
- HOW: Start in a standing position and have something in front of you for upper body support if you’re concerned about your balance. Start with your feet slightly apart and toes facing forward and then raise up onto your toes while keeping your knees and hips straight. While keeping your heels off the ground, slowly lower yourself down into a squat position. At the bottom of the squat, slowly lower your heels back down to the ground and repeat.
- FEEL: This should feel like a full lower body workout, especially for your calves. When lowering down into a squat and then lowering your heels down, the bottom portion of your calf should be working hard.
- COMPENSATION: When performing the heel raises to start, do not let your knees bend. Do not move excessively from your hips or knees, try to maintain your hip and knee angle when lowering your heels back down to the ground.