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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2003, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Calves and Abs workout Q's...

just wanted to see what works for ya'll. i usually do 5 sets of 10 reps 3 times a week for calves. i do 9-12 sets of various ab exercises and keep the reps to 25. i'll go down to 15 reps sometimes if the ab exercise involves weight resistance. i do abs about 5 times a week.

so does anyone have any exercise tips or specific exercises they really like for abs and calves?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2003, 04:14 PM
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I've always found that my calves respond better to higher rep schemes (15-20). Hit them every other day alternating with abs if you can.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2003, 05:30 PM
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For calves you can do standing raises these will give you the definition you need. Another is called donkey raises these help build size, and then you have seated raises. These you should alternate back and fourth.
 
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There are two different muscles in your calves, the soleus and the gastro-something. One (gastro) is worked best with standing raises, and the soleus responds more to seated or donkey raises. Most people's calves are not symmetrical, from sports, and other daily activities. Spend some time working your legs individually to make sure they're fairly even. Calves love lots of weight and lots of reps. There aren't many variations to the calve raise so just split your time between the standing and seated raises, pile as much weight on as you can, and push out 15+ reps. Take them slow, so you avoid achilles problems, and hold for a count at the top, squeezing the muscle.
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What are the donkey and seated raises step by step procedures? I've always jsut stuck to standing raises and jumping rope
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There are two different muscles in your calves, the soleus and the gastro-something.
It's gastocnemius I believe, not cetain though.

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Yeah Aaron, I knew I'd spell it wrong, so I didn't even try.

Seated raises are just that, you sit down, the pad rest across the top of your knees, and you raise up and down.

Donkey raises are kinda weird, and you don't see the equipment at most gyms. You have to bend over, and the weight is distributed across your lowerback/butt. The old school method involves another person sitting on your back when you're bent over, and then doing your raises.
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