Favorite calf exercise / Staple

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  1. HDH

    HDH TID Board Of Directors

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    I like the seated, plate loaded calf machine.

    You could do it with any type of machine but I always seem to get more out of the seated.

    I hit it pyramiding weight up, a 2 to 3 second hold at the top and a 4 second negative. I'm doing a hold but not a squeeze or attempting mind to muscle because of catching cramps. I add weight after every set. At the last set, I lean forward and strip the weight while up in the hold position until the 2 45s remain and hit some forced reps with the same hold and negative.

    Total sets- 5 - 6. All sets are hold and slow negatives.

    I start with a 45 on each side for 10 reps with the hold and negative. Plenty of gas left but focusing on the heavier weight as I work through the sets.

    2nd set, add 10lb to each side for 9 reps.

    3rd set, add 10lb to each side for 8 reps.

    4th set, add 10lb to each side for 6 reps.

    5th set, add 25lb to each side for 3 then strip 25s on hold. Then 3 for each 10lb and strip on holds.

    Pump the 2 45s to failure and force up, hold and negative for 3 or 4.

    Depending on my time, routine or overall strength during the sets, I sometimes add an additional strip set, same as set #5. Only about 25% of the time though. Leg day can get pretty rough.

    Burn yo chit up :)

    What are your favorites?

    H
     
  2. HDH

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    Bumpin' this up.

    Whatcha doin' for calves folks?

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  3. Akhusker

    Akhusker Member

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    Nothing, I'm genetically blessed with footballs for calves. I haven't worked them in years
     
  4. HDH

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    I hate you... J/K :D

    I know a couple guys like that.

    Mine started off pretty small and I had trouble for a while until I just kept at it and tried different things.

    I also like using the donkey calf machine. 4 sets only but two sets ankles are turned in and two sets ankles are turned out.

    I have to lower the weight a little when turned out because it puts to much pressure on my knees and ankles.

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  5. 5.0

    5.0 VIP Member

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    I've been doing slow single leg raises while holding db. The burn is crazy! I have problems growing these lil fukrs so I'm looking to see what works for others as well!
     
  6. Gregger

    Gregger MuscleHead

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    BW calf raises... 4 x 100
    is my goto but like calf presses on the leg press as well
     
  7. HDH

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    I went out of the norm tonight with no holds or negatives and burned those ****ers down for reps, all three exercises :athrashi:

    Should be interesting tomorrow :)

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  8. MuscleBeach

    MuscleBeach Member

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    My calves have always been a gutless hooker. I train them 4 days minimum a week to keep them up to par. Lately I've gotten into BFR training, I strap up just below the knee, and get to work and I gotta say, the pump I get is filthy!
     
  9. LITTLEMAGS

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    Once I started doing calves daily..3-4 sets of high reps with medium weight I started to see some improvements. My calves are not a "strong point" BUT not a weak point either.
     

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