Four simple home exercises that will tone your calves for summer

We’ve all heard the advice regarding not skipping leg day at the gym, and with short and skirt weather now returning, that moto may be more vita; than ever - especially when it comes to toning your calves. The TikTok hashtag #HowToSlimCalves has nearly 50 million views alone, highlighting just how many people want to tone their legs

With that in mind, Leon Bolmeer, fitness expert and director of Geezer’s Boxing, has designed his own workout to help tone and sculpt your calves.

This workout is designed to be performed two or three times a week with at least one rest day in between for the best results. The range of exercises will give your calves a good workout from different angles, helping to tone and define them, but it’s important to remember that consistency is key.

Stair Step-Ups

Despite the name, you don’t actually need a set of stairs to perform a stair step-up, so there’s no excuse for people in flats or bungalows to miss this important exercise out.

Firstly, you need to find a sturdy step, bench, or daily that, even a thick book will do the job. Then, you simply need to step up onto one leg while squeezing your calf muscle at the top, then step back down.

Repeat 15 times on each leg.

Single-Leg Calf Raises

Single-leg calf raises are another very simple yet effective way of toning your calves, and once again, you only need very limited equipment to perform them properly.

To do this exercise, stand up straight, holding onto a chair for balance if you really need to. After you have assumed that position, rise up onto the balls of your feet on one leg, hold for a second, and then lower yourself back down slowly in a controlled manner.

Do 15 reps per leg.

Wall Calf Raises

This exercise is one many people may not be as familiar with, but it’s essential to sculpt and tone different parts of your calf muscles.

Wall calf raises involve you standing facing a wall with your hands flat against it for support before rising up onto your toes. You should be able to feel your calf muscles working at this point, and then slowly lower yourself back down into the starting position before repeating the process.

Do 15 reps per leg.

Star Jumps with Calf Raise

Star jumps add a bit of cardio into the mix, and changes the tempo of this workout, meaning you won’t get bored and your calves will get slimmer.

For the last section of this workout, do a regular star jump, but as you jump your feet apart, land on the balls of your feet for a mini calf raise. Jump back together and repeat.

Do 3 sets of 20.