A Squat to Calf Raise is a great compound exercise which works the quads, glutes and calves as well as strengthening the ankles and core muscles. This is a really convenient exercise as it requires no equipment and takes up very little space so can be done almost anywhere!

To perform this exercise simply squat down with your feet just wider than hip width apart angled slightly outwards. Then as you rise out of the squat continue rising onto your tip toes for the calf raise. Whilst rising onto your tip toes ensure that your ankles remain in line with your feet and legs and do not begin to fall outwards or inwards. Lower your feet back down and continue back into a squat position.

To get the maximum benefit out of this exercise you should squeeze your glutes at the bottom of the squat and push powerfully but smoothly all the way up into the calf raise position, in which your core should be engaged and your calves working.

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