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bigmoe
09-11-2017, 01:13 PM
You bros have any thoughts on which calve movements are better for building up the toothpicks?

GrilledCheddar
09-11-2017, 02:26 PM
I always think a variety of calf exercises are needed to create well rounded calfs and to cover weak points. If I were to have to absolutely pick one of the two listed above I would choose donkey calf raises only due to my leg genetics and how that movement gives me the best squeeze.

You may find that both are not as similar as you thought and enjoy both along with standing raises in your calf training session. 3 exercises for calfs everyother day is what I'm currently instructed to do by my coach.

heavyhitter
09-11-2017, 06:38 PM
They train two different muscles really. Any movement where the knee is bent to a 90 degree angle(seated raises) will mostly utilize the soles muscle. Straight knee exercises(standing or donkey raises) train the calve muscles. Imho donkey raises are the best calf exercise there is

TouaregV8
09-13-2017, 06:39 AM
^What heavy hitter said...

django
09-13-2017, 09:14 AM
Crazy i had just asked this trainer this question yesterday.

hoodrelated
09-13-2017, 12:24 PM
I do believe you get a better stretch out of the donkey raise

Tall Deck
09-13-2017, 02:40 PM
I do believe you get a better stretch out of the donkey raiseThat's my belief also due to the bent-over position of the exercise. I've only done seated calf raises a couple times, and it seemed like I got a better peak contraction out of the muscle than I do with standing calf raises. Although I too agree with what heavy had stated, (doing all three exercises should give the best all around calf development).

heavyhitter
09-13-2017, 08:48 PM
That's my belief also due to the bent-over position of the exercise. I've only done seated calf raises a couple times, and it seemed like I got a better peak contraction out of the muscle than I do with standing calf raises. Although I too agree with what heavy had stated, (doing all three exercises should give the best all around calf development).
I completely agree. I train my calves D.C. Style and rotate those three exercises around each leg workout