I'm training in a new gym for the next 3 months to be closer to home and family commitments. The gym has ample free weights, squat racks, smith machines etc but nothing dedicated for calves (no leg press for toe press, no calve machine both seated or standing). There are some aerobic type platforms but I am not sure how heavy it can stand (BW + weights).
I flicked through some old threads on this topic and this older article by Chris - http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/building_fat_guy_calves
What are your thoughts on the following?
Using the smith machine, standing on a stacked (3) set of bumper/weight plates and performing a standing calf raise full ROM?
Single leg standing calf raise with dumbbell in one hand. Standing on the floor or set of weight plates?
Seated, some padded using a towel, balancing a barbell across the thigh and performing a seated variation?
Will these limit the calf development? i.e. it will work for some parts of the calve but not all muscles in the calve?
What are the most important variables to consider?
a. Range of motion? Apply full above and below to stretch the muscle or partial above ground?
b. Weight used vs. number of reps? i.e. heavy weight x some sets/reps, some x some, some x lot, heavy x lot, etc.
c. Slow down the tempo even more? Doing about 2 seconds up and 3 seconds down now.
I don't have moderate level development in my calves yet but I am training them 2 to 3 times a week for 3 sets per session and working on getting them better. Thanks.