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Old 10-28-2011, 01:43 AM   #1
Richard Jenkinson
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Homemade calf raise machine

Hi,
has anyone made a calf raise machine?
what is better seated or standing?
I am trying to strengthen my calves for sport (badminton)

thanks in advance
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:51 AM   #2
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

Try jumping rope, double unders, running, box jumps instead.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:58 AM   #3
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

Hi Erik,
I have tried skipping, but at the moment I am too heavy , I have 23kg , but still have a way to go. I am trying to skip but it is too hard to be productive..

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Old 10-28-2011, 06:13 AM   #4
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

What's the motivation to do calf raises?
From a CrossFit perspective, most wouldn't program unless there was some type of rehab issue/extreme weakness.

If your primary goal is weight loss, there are better things to do than calf raises.

Regardless, do you have a dip belt? You can do one legged calf raises on a stair/platform with a dip belt or heavy dumbell in one hand.

Or for a limited range of motion you can load a barbell on your back and then raise up like a calf raise, you just don't get that bottom stretch from the typical machine.
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

motivation is quicker movement around the court, together with stronger legs... my ankles aren't that strong so this is an area I need to strengthen

I do want to get to the skipping but have a way to go physically before that is practical.

what would you suggest for weight loss?

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Old 10-28-2011, 03:49 PM   #6
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

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what would you suggest for weight loss?
eat better..eat less

As far as the calf issues and speed, learn to power snatch and power clean. And so what if you're 23k overweight? Doesn't mean you can jump over a rope. Don't be lazy, just do it until it gets easier.
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:07 PM   #7
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

I would like to recommend seated calf raises, they tend to target the soleus when the knee is bent at 90 degrees, but the gastrocs will definetly get involved. For me the soleus seems to be involved in shint splints when running long distances.

Upright walking to running, especially on hills or steep stairwells, and jumping up will give the gastrocs a good workout. Standing calf raises are easier to improvise. To up the intensity on standing calf raises, use one-legged raises.

Of course, calf raises are for me only a conditioning strategy for more rigorous demands such as basketball, sprinting and long-distance pose running.

Every time I have tried to learn double-unders I have injured a calf muscle, but I wonder if a more regulated pre-hab with calf raises and perhaps not trying to combine jump-rope training and running seasons (January to May= Bay to Breakers) together would be a better formula.

BTW, jumping rope and eventually double-unders should be a mainstay of your sport training.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:05 AM   #8
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Re: Homemade calf raise machine

I have tried to skip but I really struggle with the weight pounding my feet and getting up each time. I am very overweight and am working on this clean diet and exercise. My main problem at the moment is lack of lower body strength and am struggling to change direction/jump effectively.
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