A question for all of my fellow T-Nationites. I’ve only been training for 5-6 months now total, so I am pretty much a complete newbie when it comes to strength training. The thing is, the maximum amount of weight I can lift in calf isolation excercises, (standing and seated calf raises) far exceeds the amount I use in any other excercise. Using the calculator on exrx.net, I figured my max on these lifts to be right around 470.
For reference, my bench is somewhere around 120-130. Recently I started using CW’s progression on these lifts in his ABBH program, and discovered that while I can pretty easily do full ROM calf raises with 375, it kind of strains my upper back. Should I keep doing these, or should I switch to something else on those days? Is there anything I can do to protect my back from these large loads to which it is not accustomed? Thanks for any help you can give!