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    Calf raises

    Is using the smith machine for calf raises a good idea?

    I'm no fan of the SM but the claf raise machine in my gym only goes up to 300lbs. I can add another 100lbs to it with the extra plates they have but it's still not enough.

    I've thought about using the SM to do standing calf raises- good idea or not???
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    I've done them in the smith and I like it a lot. Just put the weight on, and put the balls of your feet on a barbell or a couple dumbbells for a proper ROM, and away you go!
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    Originally Posted by niceasey
    Is using the smith machine for calf raises a good idea?

    I'm no fan of the SM but the claf raise machine in my gym only goes up to 300lbs. I can add another 100lbs to it with the extra plates they have but it's still not enough.

    I've thought about using the SM to do standing calf raises- good idea or not???
    thats how i do mine dude, i dont use the calf raise machine, to much pressure on top the the shoulders.

    with the smith rack you can use the sponge and it will rest like you are squatting which is safier than that stupid machine.

    what i do is get the step up aerobic stepper and put my toes on it and do my raises of that.

    very effective. doing hell sets 50+ reps.
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    They key to good calves isn't necessarily ridiculously high poundages. You need to focus on the stretch and the contraction. Using a complete range of motion at fairly quick pace will yield great calves. Basically, what I am saying is that switching machines to go up in wieght is not the solution to your problem, your form and execution is.
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    Originally Posted by deserusan
    They key to good calves isn't necessarily ridiculously high poundages. You need to focus on the stretch and the contraction. Using a complete range of motion at fairly quick pace will yield great calves. Basically, what I am saying is that switching machines to go up in wieght is not the solution to your problem, your form and execution is.

    My claves like sets of 3x6-8 as heavey as I can go. I can sets of 20/30/40 with a modertae weight until the cows come home and my claves don't want to know.
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    Originally Posted by niceasey
    Is using the smith machine for calf raises a good idea?

    I'm no fan of the SM but the claf raise machine in my gym only goes up to 300lbs. I can add another 100lbs to it with the extra plates they have but it's still not enough.

    I've thought about using the SM to do standing calf raises- good idea or not???
    Try calf presses on the leg press machine, or calve raises on the hack squat machine.
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    I always do them on smith machine. I stack 2 45's on top of each other and stand on them. My calves have really started to grow and get good shape ever since I switched to smith and some real weight (5 plates both sides, 5x15). After that I go to seated calf raise 2x50 and after that I go to either leg press or a rotary calf machine and do 4/5xfailure.
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    Originally Posted by Defiant1
    Try calf presses on the leg press machine
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    i've done this and seen other people do this when doing calf on the smith machines. they put some plates on the ground or a stand of some sort or anything you can stand on so they can get the full range of motion and the thing that they are standing on tries to slip out from under them. it's tried to do it to me a few times but if you pay attention to it, you can stop before it happens. just something that has happened so i wouldn't want it to happen to you.
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    A good way to work your calves with continuous weight progression is by doing Standing calf raises with DBs are your side one calf at a time.
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    my method of getting awsome calves:
    Step 1. Buy mtn bike
    Setp 2. Ride everyday up steep hills
    Step 3. Notice calves look like giant clusters of cables, have a distinct V notch at the base of the buldge, and are hard enough to bounce quarters off

    works, everytime.
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    Originally Posted by xueimelynnad
    my method of getting awsome calves:
    Step 1. Buy mtn bike
    Setp 2. Ride everyday up steep hills
    Step 3. Notice calves look like giant clusters of cables, have a distinct V notch at the base of the buldge, and are hard enough to bounce quarters off

    works, everytime.
    but not everyone wants cardio vascular training while bulking.
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