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    Single leg calf raise. Anyone do these?

    I used to train with 250 for reps with standing barbell calf raises. I swapped to single leg calf raises and I’m only just hitting the same reps with a 30lb dumbbell. I guess it makes sense though since I’m 170 so with 250 each calf would be getting 210. With the 30 dumbbell each calf is getting 200 which seems plausible.

    It would seem that the single leg calf raise places significantly less loading on the spine for a similar training stimulus. Anyone else exclusively do these in place of the 2 leg variation?
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    At home on the stairs, yes. Currently using 130lbs with 30 lb DBs and 70 lbs in a backpack (stacked with towels so the weight sits higher on my back rather than down at the bottom of my spine) for 12-15 reps. Previously I did leg press calf press, both legs, with 500-600 lbs or something for the same reps... I feel these a lot more. I think I may have gotten ahead of myself overloading and ended up hitting my hams more than my calves, plus the stability of the machine allowed me to use more weight since I didn't have to be as cautious. These work my forearms and traps like crazy too.
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    The single leg calve raise is a hard movement and a good one if you don't calve any calve machine to work with.
    You have to get it just right so you feel the valve work and not just going the heel up and down.
    Play around wit your foot position and try to get a full contraction and stretch each rep.
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    Never felt the need to do calf raises personally, I always squat hamstrings to calves either BW or with weights so they are plenty stimulated
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    Try holding the bottom position for 3 seconds and squeezing the top of every rep. Calves/ achilles tendon is made for doing a **** load of reps without tiring the muscle(helps us walk efficiently). If you go quickly through reps , which is what the majority of people do when training calves, you'll put most of the load on your tendon. You shouldn't need remotely close to 250 reps for any single exercise in a training session.
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