Exercises for calves

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    Jul 28, 2008 1:31 PM GMT
    I guess doing cardio partly uphill for so many months paid off when I stepped onto this machine,forgive me I do not know the English term, its called calf lifting here...

    http://www.sebulba.de/training/uebungslehre/00000094b10d1d617.html

    and I most easily lifted the max weight of 249 kg , well its nice to see I am really good at one exercise , but I could do 3 sets per 30 on this thing and would not feel much challenged. I searched but I came up with nothing, but the donkey machine which I do not see in the gym, there must be another more challenging exercise for calves ? I would not know how to attach extra weight to the machine safely anyway but I suppose 270,280 might do the trick..

    Is there a better exercise out there ? If so could you please point me to a picture/animation. Thx in advance i'd really appreciate it.

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    Jul 28, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    Almost all the calve machines at the gym never work for me. I mean, they may work for others, but they never did the trick for me. But I recently did that 20-minute Jump Rope workout posted on here a week back, and my calves STILL hurt. Also hiking works them out as well.

    Try to be adventurous and not so dependent on the gym.
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    Jul 29, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    If calf machines are too light for you, maybe you can do one leg at a time. You can also make it more difficult by doing the reps slowly, or very slowly, and of course using a full range of motion.
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    Jul 29, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    okay buying a new pair of shoes, a rope and hopping one legged through it......

    I will try to do it with one leg then. I tried the rope thing but I always hit the ceiling with it and I don't seem to be able to do more than 20 in a row not strength wise but just plain and simple not a coordination genius it seems.

    @hoodie
    I am VERY adventurous running through the wildlife, playing high stake poker with my life every time as it seems a month ago a man was "attacked" by a confused fleeing deer and knocked unconscious where I run, wth icon_question.gif Do not mock my incredibly dangerous life ! icon_biggrin.gif ( I run 4x a week anyways..) Thx for the answers I am just a bit surprised there is no other exercise for it...
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    Jul 29, 2008 8:28 AM GMT
    Hahaha, well I am sorry for such a mockery!

    However, maybe next time you should do your jump rope workout....outside.... icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 03, 2008 12:40 AM GMT
    couple of things to try:

    *do leg press calve raises, it's essentially limitless. I'm personally up to 350kg...but the stacking of the weights takes way too long

    *as mentioned before, use one leg at a time

    *standing calve raises: assume the position of a squat on a platform, then do calf raises on the edge...again load up to what you want.

    *MAKE SURE YOUR FORM IS CORRECT! Because correct form really tires you out more.

    *reps, reps, reps! Because we normally engage our calves when we walk and run, we need more reps for our muscles to have micro-tears. Anyway, I do 4sets of 25reps on each excercise (3 excercises for calves).


    and finally PATIENCE! calves are very very hard to build up, a lot of bodybuilders are caught out by their calves. but persistence is the key ^_^
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    Aug 03, 2008 12:59 AM GMT
    My gym coach in high school said forearms and calves are the hardest to get to grow, if they grow at all. He did sugguest the calf machine with high reps low weight tho, good luck man!
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    Aug 09, 2008 10:00 AM GMT
    I had to try that one. I will call it the "plantkiller" I got up to 130 and yes that hurt alot the last 20 reps. I am pretty sure the form is ultra correct trying to push up the extra bit once I am raised up and lowering below the stair edge as far as I can. In the course of my arrogance concerning calves I thought why not add 1 sixpack of soda for each arm ? Suffice it to say I once had a beautiful plant in the corner of the stairs and my butt has seen better days icon_eek.gif I think I should work MUCH more on my balance in the future or maybe just stick to the original advice. DOH!

    I also was able to make the machine work harder for me by stepping a tiny bit further back and being able to go down a bit more, and improving my form a bit - just like with almost anything ( like squats with the bell bar ) the longer the movement the harder it is. I do each leg seperatly once and then with max the last rep with both. I must admit I do not feel that much during the exercise but I definitely feel it the next day during my run, so I guess it is okay now. Thank you for all the tips and replies, it was really helpful and much appreciated.
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    Aug 11, 2008 8:25 AM GMT
    Somewhat more like pulverized it, actually I blame Coca Cola light icon_smile.gif Seems like a good strategy to shift responsibility
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    Aug 11, 2008 9:06 AM GMT
    One has great calves., always have. even when I was a kid, and still a weed. One had great calves. Not something I have to focus on at gym at all, and I have one of the best sets of calves at gym too. About 7 Cm's bigger than most guys whom really work em; sorry I can't help.