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Title: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: wild willie on September 19, 2011, 06:57:36 AM
I dig seated calf raises!

How about you guys and gals?


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: lesaucer on September 19, 2011, 07:34:36 AM
seated raises superset with standing one leg raises superset with standing raises both legs. 4-5 sets and theyre fried


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: JAM on September 19, 2011, 07:37:43 AM
Using the leg press machine.  Feet positions so the edge of the plate is on the balls of your feet.  Then you can stretch really good.   8)


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Dr Dutch on September 26, 2011, 10:51:51 AM
I like the ones Dennis Wolf does......just kidding.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Hulkotron on September 26, 2011, 07:03:58 PM
Standing calf raises, one leg at a time, bodyweight or hold a dumbell if you're real big-ass.  I do these twice a week and my calves are...average.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: local hero on September 27, 2011, 12:51:29 AM
if you find a standing calf machine that suits you, makes a hell of a difference,,, i use a decades old creaky one, hits mine evertime


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: JasonH on September 27, 2011, 02:20:06 PM
Toe presses on the leg press machine is the only exercise that seems to work for me on calves. I trained at a gym once that had a donkey calf raise machine too which seemed to agree with me. My calves suck big time.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: trapz101 on September 27, 2011, 06:56:07 PM
standing calf raises,with barbell or dumbells...i rarely trains them,guess i'm lucky to be blessed with decent calves  ;D


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Dans on October 13, 2011, 10:44:39 PM
leg press toe press and donkey calf machine are my hands down favorite and then finishing with seated


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Bigger Business on October 14, 2011, 01:52:32 PM
Toe presses on the leg press machine is the only exercise that seems to work for me on calves.

leg press toe press

Agree with you guys...Try uni-lateral toe press as well; don't need to load the machine up as much.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: njflex on October 17, 2011, 03:12:25 PM
this,, seated calf raise drop example  say 3 45's and 25 for 10,25 off then 10 more ,,45 off put 25 back on 10 more .rest 4 sets total.
another,stand up calf machine get comfortable weight u could handle for these reps cause there are a lot start just say 200 lbs
do 10 reps rest 5 sec's,then 15 reps rest 10 sec,25 reps rest 10 secs,back to 15 rest 10 ,then finish with 10, 75 reps total less 45 seconds..2x around ,i rest 2 minutes then do second go around,it hurts,it works,and your calves will grow quickly.try it..


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: coltrane on October 19, 2011, 12:36:48 PM
Seated calf raise.

Pause at bottom stretch for 2 seconds, then SLOW reps with a pause for 2 seconds at top.

Sets of 13.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: njflex on October 19, 2011, 01:44:45 PM
Seated calf raise.

Pause at bottom stretch for 2 seconds, then SLOW reps with a pause for 2 seconds at top.

Sets of 13.
good one do those as well...


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: yates fan on October 19, 2011, 03:45:20 PM
donkey calf raises on a selectorized machine.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: TrapsMcLats on December 26, 2011, 07:10:41 PM
freeweight, standing calf raisers, toes on a 45 plate.  best calf exercise by far.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Voland on December 27, 2011, 02:31:06 AM
I haven't trained calves for years  :P


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: njflex on December 27, 2011, 08:22:46 AM
I haven't trained calves for years  :P
do u need to or have them genetically...


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: YoungBlood on December 29, 2011, 07:24:50 PM


Donkey raises!

Haven't found a machine that has enough weight for me in years though. :(



Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: TrapsMcLats on December 30, 2011, 04:58:29 PM

Donkey raises!

Haven't found a machine that has enough weight for me in years though. :(



I seem to feel this most in my hamstrings...what am I doing wrong?


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: YoungBlood on December 30, 2011, 05:09:01 PM
I seem to feel this most in my hamstrings...what am I doing wrong?

Are you completely locking out your knees?

To me, leg positioning on all standing calf motions should be the same. Slightly unlocked, arched back, sort of squat the weight up and any and all movement from this point till you set the weight down should be from the ankle. Imagine moving your foot on your gas pedal in your car or tapping your foot to the beat of music. Outside of that you should have your legs remain in the same position throughout.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: ecto2meso on December 30, 2011, 06:54:11 PM
leg press calf raises, works the the calf and soleus muscle in tandem.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Loc on January 03, 2012, 03:07:54 PM
Standing calf raises with bodyweight. Key thing is to get a good stretch. My calves respond better to bodyweight than seated calf raises with tons of weights piled on.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Donny on March 03, 2012, 08:44:23 AM
Standing calf raises with bodyweight. Key thing is to get a good stretch. My calves respond better to bodyweight than seated calf raises with tons of weights piled on.
i agree..seated is OK but it will never hit the whole muscle(s) ..standing one legged is for me the best...with a Db and then too failure without weight. My calf muscles also get trained well with bike riding and skipping( jumping rope for you yanks ) ;D ;D and yes before the experts want to tell me the calf muscles...soleus...seate d...standing gastrocnemius.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: dfresh on March 03, 2012, 08:53:51 AM
standing(weighted) here, may try them with just body weight next workout though


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Donny on March 03, 2012, 09:43:59 AM
standing(weighted) here, may try them with just body weight next workout though
try it .. if monster calfes were just about monster weights then a lot more guys would have big calfes,,,this is not the case. I think the lower legs are better trained with high reps. I once saw an old guy on a bike..he was not into training but you could see from thousands of reps cycling his calfes  were...HUGE. Of course guys like the great Reg Park used massive weights on his calf training and had massive lower legs but he was one of the great men of Britain ;)


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: dfresh on March 03, 2012, 10:22:07 AM
try it .. if monster calfes were just about monster weights then a lot more guys would have big calfes,,,this is not the case. I think the lower legs are better trained with high reps. I once saw an old guy on a bike..he was not into training but you could see from thousands of reps cycling his calfes  were...HUGE. Of course guys like the great Reg Park used massive weights on his calf training and had massive lower legs but he was one of the great men of Britain ;)

lol yea i have pretty good calves, so ive been told. but never did much free weight with them, gonna give it a go


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: deadz on March 13, 2012, 06:29:49 PM
tip toes, bottom of sled on the leg press or leg press machine


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: epicmass on March 20, 2012, 03:38:36 AM
Straight leg calf movements are the most important as they work the upper part of the calf, but its worth doing a bent leg movement as well to work the lower calf.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: oldtimer1 on March 23, 2012, 08:46:52 AM
Sitting in a leg press machine working the calf.  It feels almost like a donkey calf raise minus the weird looks in the weight room.


Title: Re: What is your favorite calf exercise?
Post by: Painlayer69 on March 23, 2012, 09:15:18 AM
I prefer to do them from the legpress nice and heavy as with that machine i can get a much better extension