Want to work your Soleus muscles and don't have a Seated Calf Raise machine? Here's the solution.
All you need is a leg curl machine and a calf block. Just set the calf block underneath the ankle pad of the leg curl machine, slider your knees under the pad, then use a little help from your arms to get it into position on your thighs.
Then you can perform the exercise just like you would with a regular seated calf raise machine.
If you train at home and don't have access to either one of these machines, you can do a "bent leg" calf raise, squatting down with a barbell resting on your knees. It doesn't get you any stretch, but the contraction is intense.
This is a bit more challenging to get into position if you don't have a power rack, but still doable freestanding, as long as you keep some in the tank to stand up when your calves are done.
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