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    Standing calf raise

    Hi, what’s your opinion of this standing calf raise. I’m getting a bit tight on space but think I could fit this in. I have a seated calf raise already.
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    In terms of space I think I’ve seen selectorized that take less floor space. If I had the space I’d add leg press, curl, ext, and standing calf. Any reason the seated version isn’t doing it for you?
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    Originally Posted by grapegorilla View Post
    In terms of space I think I’ve seen selectorized that take less floor space. If I had the space I’d add leg press, curl, ext, and standing calf. Any reason the seated version isn’t doing it for you?
    Thanks, on spread. Legs have always been a struggle. But I have a good leg section now with seated calf, cybex leg curl plate loaded, and my refurbished nautilus leg extension. I’ve done some reading and standing is better for gastroc, seated for soleus. Yes I could just make a calf block and use a barbell in the squat rack.
    Standing is for sale close by and this is the equipment forum. Selectorized would be better, but the nice thing about plate loaded for me is that I can move the pieces around. Leg press is a consideration but would take up a lot of space. Plus when I’ve discussed them people say they can put a lot of strain on your lower back. I do have a belt squat on my wish list.
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    I'd opt for a leg press, which can also sub in for the standing calf, but if you've set your mind on the standing calf that one will work fine I'm sure. It doesn't look like the most stout model, but it's tough to screw up the biomechanics on a standing calf.
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    I realize that this is Equipment Forum, but couldn't you just get a belt squat and put a calf block on that? I've never used a belt squat machine, so maybe there is some reason why that wouldn't be feasible......
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    Thanks guys, waiting to hear back from the seller, I’m seeing a lot of equipment for sale. If I could buy for cheap I might get it. I have seen two titan belt squats come up for sale, a squat max, rogue belt squat. The equipment floodgates are opening up. On spread.
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    Have you tried single leg calf raises with a calf block?
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    Originally Posted by Skidmarx View Post
    Have you tried single leg calf raises with a calf block?
    Going to since the calf raise in the photo is sold.
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    Been a while since I’ve used a standing or donkey calf machine, because I’ve used my leg press…… problem is my calves are fairly strong for an old broke down guy so I’d have to load up a standing calf machine pretty hard….. it’s a lot easier to start with my leg press…. That’s already loaded with plates. Just my .02
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    I have an older York standing calf machine I really like.

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    Thats nice! Does not use much space either.
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    Eric. For about the same space, the Powertec squat, calf machine does 2 things instead of one. I really like leverage squats though.

    It will be one of the first new pieces in our new house. (foundation is almost complete,Yay!)
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    Eric. For about the same space, the Powertec squat, calf machine does 2 things instead of one. I really like leverage squats though.

    It will be one of the first new pieces in our new house. (foundation is almost complete,Yay!)
    Thanks. Hope construction goes well.
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    Eric. For about the same space, the Powertec squat, calf machine does 2 things instead of one. I really like leverage squats though.

    It will be one of the first new pieces in our new house. (foundation is almost complete,Yay!)
    I still want one of those. I am still waiting on a few pieces- outlook for needed space doesn't look good though. But still not sacrificing the standing calf. It stays.
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    Originally Posted by grumpytude View Post
    I still want one of those. I am still waiting on a few pieces- outlook for needed space doesn't look good though. But still not sacrificing the standing calf. It stays.
    I would never get rid of that standing calf.
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    Originally Posted by grumpytude View Post
    I still want one of those. I am still waiting on a few pieces- outlook for needed space doesn't look good though. But still not sacrificing the standing calf. It stays.
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    I would never get rid of that standing calf.
    I didn’t see the listing soon enough, piece was sold. There is a pin select for sale but again, dealing with a weight stack is difficult for me.
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    Originally Posted by Greybird2 View Post
    I would never get rid of that standing calf.
    I won't. Its actually the only remaining piece I have from when I first started my home gym, besides an old barbell I bought years ago from a World's Gym.
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    Originally Posted by EricAtl View Post
    I didn’t see the listing soon enough, piece was sold. There is a pin select for sale but again, dealing with a weight stack is difficult for me.
    They stacks are really easy to remove and replace and while they're a more work to move than a plate-loaded out of the gate, they're a lot easier in day to day use.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    They stacks are really easy to remove and replace and while they're a more work to move than a plate-loaded out of the gate, they're a lot easier in day to day use.
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