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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís 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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    Training for vertical Jump

    Hey everyone, my name is Shaun.

    I do alot of sport which demands a good vertical jump.

    Unfortunately, genetically, the part of my calves which develop greatest is the side part of the calf muscle (tibialis anterior- I think).

    I have been longing to increase the back part (gastrocnemius), which hopefully, if not just for visibly making my legs more proportionate, also help make my vertical jump increase.
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    I am open to any advice regarding anything, even bizzare methods for training this part of the calf if anyone can help me

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    Best advice is to quit training your calves. They don't help you jump

    Squatting and deadlifting to train your posterior chain is what will increase your jump, along with some plyo training.


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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Best advice is to quit training your calves. They don't help you jump

    Squatting and deadlifting to train your posterior chain is what will increase your jump, along with some plyo training.
    lol thanks, but yeah it was also a goal of mine to target that part of my calves anyway :/

    I do heavy heavy leg press and will return to deadlifting soon. I just dont like the idea of squatting w/o PT advice first. else i may injure etc. always worked around squatting - maybe its something to look into :/
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    Westside Bencher Travis Bell's Avatar
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    Leg press isn't going to really help your vertical jump near as much as squatting and pulling will.

    I have no advice on how to target your specific lobe of your calf, but like I said earlier, if your goal is to be better at your sport, training your calves is going to be about as effective as training to wiggle your ears.


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    ^ I can vouch, I can wiggle my ears and my vert sucks.
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    ^ I can vouch, I can wiggle my ears and my vert sucks.
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    training for a big meaty gastroc and training for a badass vertical are two different tasks. pick one and report back.
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    update: I have began some basketball specific plyometric exercise, also I am dropping calf raises entirely and doing squat instead. more worth the time, and better goes with my other goal.
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