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    calf training

    i've got a problem!
    the genius who owns my gym decided to go and get a package with heaps of fancy machines.. that are crap. He got rid of ALL the calf machines, now he says just use the leg press.
    I've tried using dumbells on each leg but i find it hard to get a good pump.
    help me out!
    I've got 3 leg presses and a smith machine.. if that helps.
    I need to do some seated calf raises, what can I use? anyone got some bright ideas?

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    someone has to know.. come on guys.

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    Use the leg press , works good . Or the smith machine , both will do the job .

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    you can do seated calf raises in the smith machine, donkey raises is another good exercise (the best actually for calves)

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    only difference in seated to standing is the knee bend. if you can figure a good way use your machines with bent knees then it'll hit the soleus just the same.

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    face the other way on a hack squat

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    some may have a little ledge to do raises on but others might not

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    dont have a hack squat in my gym :\
    these are all the machines u can do legs on:
    3 x leg press
    1 x seated hamstring curl machine
    2 x leg extension machine
    1 x smith machine
    1 x squat rack

    thats all I have in my gym for legs

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    stack some 25lb plates on the floor under the smith machine and do some calf raises there

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    seated calf raises on a smith machine, holy shit, ive been having the same problem at my gym, no calf machines...i guess you just rest the bar on your knees eh? cool deal

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    or on you traps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha-Male
    seated calf raises on a smith machine, holy shit, ive been having the same problem at my gym, no calf machines...i guess you just rest the bar on your knees eh? cool deal

    AM
    Lol i trained at some shitty gyms..so you have to use ur imagination lol. If it hurts put a towel or something in between. You can also do calves by standing on one foot holding a db. But donkey raises are the best in my opinion.

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    i tried the smith machine raises but F*CK it hurts because the knurling on the bars are really sharp.. even with my towel :P
    thanks for the ideas guys.

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    dude come on how can you feel the knurl through the towel? it isnt that deep

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    do donkey calf raises, do them the way of arnold lean over a table or something and have someone lightly hop on your back.

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    the one legged calf raises while holding a dumbbell works, just make sure you have a bar overhead to hold your other hand on for balance

    every now and then when i workout at home i do these on the back porch while holding a 45 pound plate, my calves are always sore the next day

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