STANDING CALF RAISES
develops the overall mass of the calves.
(A) Stand and place your toes on the
block of a standing Calf Raise machine, with your heels extended out into space.
Put your shoulders beneath the pads and straighten your legs, lifting the weight
off of the support. Lower your heels as far as possible toward the floor, you
should keep your knees somewhat bent throughout the exercise so that you work
the lower area of the calves as well as the upper, and feel the calf muscles
stretch completely. Make sure the block is high enough so that you get a full
stretch when lowering your heels.
(B) At the bottom of the movement, drive up on
your toes as far as possible and get a great peak contraction. Pick a weight
that is heavy enough to exercise the calves, but not so heavy that you cannot
come all the way up for most of your reps. A great thing to do when your tired
out is to finish off the set with a series of partial movements. You'll get a
pump in your calves that is sensational!
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