The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Not feeling the calf raises......

    so i do the calf raises as prescribed in the routine, but to be honest im not that concerned about my calves and i have a hard time really putting my heart into doing them. i only do them because they are in the routine. are these essential for the routine/legs or could i replace them with some other legwork that would be a bit more functional? lemme know your thoughts on this and what exercises i might be able to replace these with. thanks guys
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    Not feeling the burn eh? Are you sure you're doing the negative holds for five seconds then super pushing it back up? How much weight are you getting up to with your 6RM? I have seen great results, by moving up from 360 to 540 pounds on the calf press in just two months (and climbing.)

    You could try using the Smith machine but that ****ing contraption is pretty useless in my opinion. Answer some of the questions so we can get a better idea at where you are.

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    When you do calf raises you should do them slowly.. but if its still not working out well add more weight.. Also if your gym has one of those free motion calf raise machines.... use it and i guarantee you that you will feel the burn!

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    sorry i guess my thread title was a bit deceiving. i do actually "feel" them working, i get the burn and all, what im saying though is that i im not too concerned about my calves and i think i could be doing something better in its place like lunges or something. im gonna finish out this round with the calf raises and see if i wanna switch to a different accessory leg exercise after the deload. thanks for the replies though
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    I get where you're coming from. If your heart's not in it then drop them. As you suggest if you feel your time would be better spent with a higher rep (for example) accessory movement for the legs then go for it (avoid failure on this movement).

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    Nice. The calf raise is usually the first thing I drop too. I'll do them occasionally but it's not a priority. I might spend a few minutes trying to do a single leg movement instead - which are IMPOSSIBLE. I tried after last weeks article and single leg squats are soooo hard.

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    Whenever I'm rushed to get done or just not in the mood, calf and ab work is the first things to get thrown out...squats are the last.
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    This is slightly off topic, but I'll offer it up as something I learned on calves..

    Regardless of which method of calf movement I do, it's easy to lose good form and let myself sag about an inch right after hitting to top of the concentric. In other words, I can explode up to the top, but right when I hit the top I come down about an inch. Sort of like the inverse of when people dumbly bounce the barbell off their sternum on flat bench.

    So the other day I made a concerted effort to get to the top of the concentric portion, and really hold it there before starting the 5 second downward. I had to lighten weight some, but It really seemed to make a difference.
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