Smith Machine Calf Raise

If you don't have a donkey calf raise machine available, the smith machine can be a great stand-in.

execution

  1. 1
    Place a block or a plate in the middle of the smith machine under the bar
  2. 2
    Get under the bar, place it on your traps, stand with toes on the edge of your plate/block and un-rack the bar
  3. 3
    Stand on your toes
  4. 4
    Let the heels go down slowly, stretching the calves
  5. 5
    Pause briefly and explode on the way up, pushing through the toes and contracting the calves
  6. 6
    Hold peak flexion briefly and go back down slowly
  7. 7
    Repeat the movement pattern

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