A: Making a decent standing calf machine isn’t easy—and even if you make a reasonable one, it probably still won’t produce results as good as the one-leg dumbbell calf raise. I prefer the latter even in a gym where there are excellent standing calf machines. (A standing calf machine can, of course, be used for one-leg calf raises.)
I recommend that you save yourself the expense and hassle of making an apparatus that produces inferior results to one that requires just dumbbells and a stable block.
Use the block under the ball of your foot to produce a full range of motion, hold a dumbbell on the same side as the leg you’re working, and do one leg at a time—alternating sets.
Editor’s note: Stuart McRobert’s first byline in IRON MAN appeared in 1981. He’s the author of the new BRAWN Series, Book 1: How to Build Up to 50 Pounds of Muscle the Natural Way, available from Home Gym Warehouse (800) 447-0008 or www.Home-Gym.com.