Gym Combat: Standing Calf Raise vs. Donkey Calf Raise

We put the standing calf raise and donkey calf raise to the test. Here we tell you which is the better choice for building stronger, shapelier calves.

April 17, 2013

The muscles in the donkey calf raise are the same as those utilized in the standing calf raise, but the donkey calf raise provides greater range of motion, allowing more substantial development of the gastrocnemius muscle. standing calf raises also place the load on the shoulders, putting the spine under strong compressive forces. With donkey calf raises, the load is placed directly over your hips, so it bypasses your spine and thus reduces your risk for injury.