I'm a keen, younger (21) gym lover and was after the opinion of the vets on a calf training issue.
I'm due to push out 8-10 reps on the standing calf raise machine.
I can load it up to a max of 140kgs and push it up, hold, and come down and stretch, and make this rep range.
Alternatively, I can load it at 90kgs and make the rep range and feel the calves contracting and burning more by the time I finish the same rep range, with the same tempo, but I could push out 4 or 5 more reps if I wanted to.
If I am going for pure hypertrophy, in your opinion; is it better to feel the calves less but have them loaded with more weight, or use less weight and really feel them squeeze, assuming the range of movement and tempo are equal. Both alternatives mess with my gait when I leave the gym.
-I have this dilemma with a few other exercises, but none more obvious than the calves