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Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

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Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Calves
Equipment: Machine
Mechanics Type: Isolation
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Push
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Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Guide

Main Muscle: Calves

  1. Using a leg press machine, sit down on the machine and place your legs on the platform directly in front of you at a medium (shoulder width) foot stance.
  2. Lower the safety bars holding the weighted platform in place and press the platform all the way up until your legs are fully extended in front of you without locking your knees. (Note: In some leg press units you can leave the safety bars on for increased safety. If your leg press unit allows for this, then this is the preferred method of performing the exercise.) Your torso and the legs should make perfect 90-degree angle. Now carefully place your toes and balls of your feet on the lower portion of the platform with the heels extending off. Toes should be facing forward, outwards or inwards as described at the beginning of the chapter. This will be your starting position.
  3. Press on the platform by raising your heels as you breathe out by extending your ankles as high as possible and flexing your calf. Ensure that the knee is kept stationary at all times. There should be no bending at any time. Hold the contracted position by a second before you start to go back down.
  4. Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in by lowering your heels as you bend the ankles until calves are stretched.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Be very cautious as you place the feet in the bottom part of the platform as if you slip and the safety bars are not locked then you could suffer a serious accident.

Variations: You can perform this exercise one leg at a time.



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Review: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

Exercise Rating
7/10

Feb 22, 2014 4:24 PM: Too easy for calves.... did 6 plates for 15 reps and even did drop sets. Do I need to go higher reps on average weight?



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8/10

Jan 14, 2014 12:58 AM: Great exercise, often neglected



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9/10

Sep 23, 2013 3:05 AM: this exercise is just awesome,i love it.



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Review: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

Exercise Rating
10/10

Aug 25, 2013 7:40 PM: this is a excellent calve building exercise ..Kris Gethins 4 week DTP program is amazing, the weight may seem to much on the leg press but its not..it make it is easy to circuit train with the weight close to what your leg pressing with your quads because you do have to switch weights so much..i found...+See More



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9/10

Jul 12, 2013 6:12 PM: i like doing this because it gets two different types of exercise done on one machine



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Review: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

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10/10

Apr 27, 2013 6:16 AM: love this as a finisher, 3 sets 30 reps with 4 plates a side, love it!!!



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Tip: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

Exercise Rating
9/10

Nov 11, 2012 12:49 PM: before any exercise for the legs, we strongly recommend running or cycling to warm the muscles.
do toe walking 60m-100m and walking on his heels 60m-100m, it triggers additional leg muscles.



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Review: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

Exercise Rating
10/10

Jan 26, 2012 5:15 PM: Love this exercise



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Review: Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

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9/10

Oct 10, 2011 6:35 PM: I love this exercise been doing it for 3 months and i still feel.



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Exercise Rating
10/10

Jun 7, 2010 10:12 PM: When doing this exercise, I find it also beneficial to turn my toes-outward/heels-inward and toes-inward/heels-outward in addition to the standard toes/heels straight position. Someone told me this helps further isolate the different parts of the calf. I'm not sure if it's true or not, but my calves...+See More



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