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Thread: Calf Raises... how much foot should be on the step?

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    Calf Raises... how much foot should be on the step?

    Here's something that has always bothered me. When doing a calf exercise (seated calf raises, standing calf raises, calf presses in a leg press machine), I'm wondering what portion of your feet should be on the step/platform your pushing/pressing off of?

    Is it the whole top half of the foot? Just the toes? X amount of inches from the top of your foot?

    Every time I do a calf exercise, I think I end up with a different amount of foot on the step every time because none ever feel right to me.

    What do you think? How much foot?

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    I have the whole front half of my foot on the platform as if i push using just my toes it kills my toes.
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    It's not going to be as effective just using the toes because you can't move as much weight, plus it's painful. I just make sure I have the balls of my feet on the platform.
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    ^^^^

    Same here.

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    Ya, ball of the foot on the platform.

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    Balls o' feet it is. Thanks.

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    I'm glad you posted this, I was wondering if there was any "wrong" positioning of the feet because I can seem to lift a lot in comparison to others at my gym and was wondering if my technique was wrong. I've basically maxed the standing calf raise machine (490 lbs, 15 x 3sets) and step on the balls of my feet -- what do I go to next? Smith machine and rest the bar on my back like I'm about to do squats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpr View Post
    I'm glad you posted this, I was wondering if there was any "wrong" positioning of the feet because I can seem to lift a lot in comparison to others at my gym and was wondering if my technique was wrong. I've basically maxed the standing calf raise machine (490 lbs, 15 x 3sets) and step on the balls of my feet -- what do I go to next? Smith machine and rest the bar on my back like I'm about to do squats?
    are you sure you're not bouncing the weight? try holding the weight at the bottom position for 3 seconds, and also hold it at the top for 3 seconds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpr View Post
    I'm glad you posted this, I was wondering if there was any "wrong" positioning of the feet because I can seem to lift a lot in comparison to others at my gym and was wondering if my technique was wrong. I've basically maxed the standing calf raise machine (490 lbs, 15 x 3sets) and step on the balls of my feet -- what do I go to next? Smith machine and rest the bar on my back like I'm about to do squats?
    I'd go to the leg press or the sitting calf machine. Like said in the above post, pause at both the top and bottom of the lift.
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    3 seconds huh? I have been holding it, probably for a second though... like I do with most of my other exercises.

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    Hold AND SQUEEZE at the top, I do my calf raises with a block of wood and the smith machine, load with weight, and push myself to the top and hold squeeze and back down. My calfs get ripped this way.

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    If it gets too easy, do one legged calf raises. Much tougher.
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    For seated calf lifts, once I lift the weight with my calves, how far back down do you go? Do you go past the starting position, which is past parallel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Cartman View Post
    For seated calf lifts, once I lift the weight with my calves, how far back down do you go? Do you go past the starting position, which is past parallel?
    I go as low as I can go, definitely below parallel.

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