Legs

Calf Quest

Q: I’m confused. How many muscles are in the calves? Can you explain the different calf muscles and the best exercises for training them? A: The calf is the fleshy mass at the back of the leg below the knee. ...

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Calf Combustion

Sometimes it takes your favorite machine to be broken to discover an exercise that can trigger new growth. In my case it was the standing calf machine. At first I tried to mimic the exercise on the Smith machine. Using ...

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Hammer Your Hamstrings

I’ve often talked about the importance of maintaining a balance of strength among the various muscle groups. That means paying attention to how all the muscles in your body are responding to the exercises in your program. This article deals ...

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Complete Hamstring Development

Q: Rather than doing full squats, couldn’t I just add a few sets of leg curls to ensure complete hamstring development? I have tight calves and have a hard time maintaining proper form on full squats. A: Hamstring involvement is ...

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Hamstring Helpers

Q: I’m going for my natural pro card this year and feel that all I’m lacking is a bit of hamstring-glute-tie-in detail. Assuming my bodyfat is low enough, what can I do from an exercise perspective besides leg curls.  A: ...

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