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    Father of Three Bosch232's Avatar
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    Calf reps

    These prescriptions apply to all except calf exercises. Here we recommend a slow negative (5-seconds minimum), a pause of a second or so at the bottom (in the stretch position) and a powerful concentric (as described above).

    Why do calves get a different approach? Different muscle fiber type or something?
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    Trial and error Bosch. Many theories about training calves, most revolve around the nature of the muscle itself and its ability to do very high reps with a very high load due to the demands placed on it every day through walking etc.
    Taking out the stretch reflex at the bottom of the movement both by slowing the negative down and pausing in the stretched position help transfer the stress to the muscle.

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