Other articles in this series looked at a number of exercises, mainly from the perspective of developing a comprehensive muscle building program. Sometimes we take things for granted, especially when it comes to performing the basic exercises that constitute the core of most bodybuiders' training regimes.
It is useful, therefore, to describe in detail the processes involved in actually doing these exercises. This will help beginners to start out using the correct techniques before moving on to potentially more dangerous heavy weights. If it also helps more experienced lifters to redress some of the little faults that have almost imperceptibly crept in over the years, all the better.
In this article we'll take a close look at the seated calf raise.
MUSCLES TARGETED: soleus
Sit erect on the seat facing the machine.
Position the thighs under the pads and place the balls of the feet on the near edge of the step.
Position the feet and legs parallel to each other with the toes pointing straight ahead.
Allow the heels to hang off below the step.
This is the starting point for each repetition.
Keep the torso erect and the legs / feet parallel, push up on toes as high as possible.
Push up off the step.
Allow the heels to slowly lower back to the starting position.
Repeat or finish set.
Richard Mitchell is the creator of the bodybuildingadvisor.com website that provides guidance and information to athletes at all levels of bodybuilding experience. Go to Bodybuilding Exercises to learn more about the issues covered in this article.