My gym doesn’t have a standing calf raise machine, so I do free-weight standing raises by using plates attached to my waist by a weight-belt and chain. Can anybody suggest me a better way to do free-weight standing calf raises?
If you have a smith machine, place the bar across your shoulders as you would do with squats. Place a couple of plates (or a 2inch block of wood as I did at my old gym) and put your toes up onto them, with your heels on the ground. Now, keeping your legs straight and back upright, start doing calf raises. With the smith machine steadying the bar, you can focus on the calf. However, watch the weight as too much on the bar, and it'll become too difficult and possibly cause an injury - it got rather tricky for me at about 4 plates a side (the bar wanted to roll abit as if putting it back on the rack etc). It worked nicely for me. Also, if you have a hack-squat machine, face the pad instead of resting your back on it and do calf raises that way. I got great results doing that - especially since the foot pad at the bottom was angled perfectly for my calf's starting position to be fully stretched, before pushing up.
If not, try doing them with dumbells. If balance and weight is an issue, try isolating each calf: holding onto the wall/machine to keep upright and only exercise one calf at a time with a dumbell/plate.
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I don't have a Hack squat nor a Smith machine. I have a leg press but its structure doesn't allow placing the toes on the lower edge. I used to do dumbbell raises but I've found these to be useless for mass
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