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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Have you ever had sore calves?

    I ask because my calves have never been sore the next day, never. I do standing calf raises with a barbell on my back and use 2 45lb plates on the ground and go up and down on my toes. Is there a better way to do this? I do them to the point that I can't do them anymore, but I'm never sore, and I never have been, not even once.

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    youre missing the most important part of the exercise...in my opinion, is when the calf is in the stretched position and then pushing the weight back up. if you like the way youre doing them, then do them on an aerobic step so your heels can drop below your toes and stretch.

    or try doing calf raises on a calf raise machine or hack squat machine.
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    Yes, I have had sore calves. In fact they are sore right now .

    When you do your calves try and pause in the stretched and contracted positions for a nice slow count of 5 seconds.

    Or you could try 21s with your calves, 7 top half movement, 7 lower half, 7 full range.

    Dunno, just keep pounding them.

    As someone will soon point out, soreness is not an indicator of growth...but it does suggest you have trained them sufficiently (at least I think so).

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    youre missing the most important part of the exercise...in my opinion, is when the calf is in the stretched position and then pushing the weight back up.
    Hmm ok so I need to find something thicker than a 45lb plate. I workout at home btw so machines are out, sucks.

    And yea my calves have never been sore, not even once lol.

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    I agree w/ mrwebb
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    Mine get sore on the third day. In some instances when I do high reps they get sore immediately. Sometimes I work them so hard they hurt just stepping on the gas during my drive home. I have very little to brag about other then my claves so if you want to take a look at them head on down to the member pic section.

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    Yeah my calves were sore yesterday. They complain but I know they really love it.

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    I used to have sore calves after every basketball practice. I also usually do when I do my calf raises. Maybe you could increase the weight? I don't know about the whole 'holding the position while in pain' thing. That would increase your likelyness of soreness, but is that good for the muscle? Eh, I dunno.
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    I don't get sore calves, they get really shaky but not sore. On my last rep of last set, I try to hold the weight up as long as possible. Sometimes my legs get so shaky, I have a hard time taking a piss cause my legs are shaking so much.
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    mine used to get soar when i did drop sets on them.
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    Originally posted by Max-Mex
    I don't get sore calves, they get really shaky but not sore. On my last rep of last set, I try to hold the weight up as long as possible. Sometimes my legs get so shaky, I have a hard time taking a piss cause my legs are shaking so much.
    Same, maybe it's just something about our calves. I'm gonna try and find something a bit thicker than a 45lb plate to stand on though for tommorows session. I really want to blow up my calves, just gotta find the right way to work them.

    body - drop sets, now there is a good idea also thanks, will try that.

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    I do donkey calf raises using a machine. I have had the best results with them. I feel I can do more weight and less stress on my shoulders.
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    Originally posted by Max-Mex
    Sometimes my legs get so shaky, I have a hard time taking a piss cause my legs are shaking so much.
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    Mine shake too. In fact my friend said they looked like they were going to collapse under the weight I was doing. Sometimes I don't realize how hard I worked out my calves until I am standing and my legs keep shaking. I then loose my step when walking every so often.

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    I've gone a long time since feeling sore calves, until last week. Part of it was mentally focusing on the rep and keeping constant stress on them. For me I found that if I don't pause at the top or below the bottom that I get the best results. I keep a slow but continuous rep going till I'm done with the set.
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    try doing standing calf raises for 10 minutes straight....thats sure to make your calves BURN!!!
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    My calves have been sore for over a week now. This is not a good thing - its just the result of 4 whole body workouts a week, plus cardio (including a HIIT session in there).

    Make sure you have full ROM, and that you aren't bouncing up and down.

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    My calves are sore this week, too. Guess I didn't feed them enough milk... MooOOOooo.

    Same here on the shakiness... I drive a standard and it is impossible to stay at the same speed for more than 5 seconds because my calves are going crazy. Hard to shift smoothly, too.

    This is one of the first times they were sore, too. Only thing I did different was on the seated calve raises, I sat a little more forward on the seat putting my knees out in front of the pads by like 3 inches, went all the way down til they wouldn't stretch anymore and went back up until I was on my tippy-toes holding the contraction as long as I could. That's sure to leave your cows tired and sore the next day.
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