After all this time, I’ve realized I’ve been doing seated calves wrong and I thought I was doing them right. That’s because I’ve been lifting a bit too heavy on them when I didn’t need to. I was trying to figure out a way to get a full contraction on the calves and I found the solution to the problem. Lift lighter weights. When doing standing calves and seated calves, you don’t need to lift heavy weights on those.
Today at the gym I did leg day and I was trying to find the right amount of weight to get a full contraction on the seated calves. I found that 25 lbs. is just right. I got a full contraction on that.
For standing calves, I’ve been doing that on the hack squat machine for a long while but I don’t think I’m going to do standing calves on that anymore ’cause I’m not liking it. I find standing calves more effective on the barbell on the smith machine which I did for about 50 lbs and got a good contraction out of that too.
Throughout the day on leg day, my calves were feeling pretty sore all day long since I got a good contraction of it finally on both the seated and standing. That means I’ll have to do seated and standing calves this way from now on. Lifting pretty light on them. Let me say this again, you don’t need to lift heavy doing calves. Even though I’ve been doing partial reps on calves in the past, I’m sure I got a little growth in the calves but to get even more growth on the calves you need a full contraction.
My calves are sore right now and it feels weird walking around which feels good. That means I’ve worked the calves pretty hard even if I lifted kind of light. Like I said, I’ll lift this way from now on. Standing calves on Smith machine and lifting light in seated calves.
I don’t feel guilty correcting the form in calves workouts ’cause as I said in the past, bodybuilding is a learning experience. We’re all going to make mistakes whether we want to admit it or not. We just got to learn from them and never make the mistakes again. That’s what bodybuilding is all about. That’s okay… nothing to worry about ’cause a lot of people do standing and seated calves wrong, it’s crazy. It’s not our fault though ’cause calves are a pretty hard workout to master and figure out. I think I got it figured out now. I figured out to get the full range of motion in the calves.
There were many other workouts that I had to correct so I’m not worried about it. It’s not a big deal. It’s a good thing to do is to admit you do some workouts wrong and you do your best to correct them. I still wonder if I do my other workouts correctly but I just do whatever gives me a good contraction. To get muscle mass and gains you gotta get a full contraction. Partial reps won’t do much.