Seated and standing are totally different exercises working totally different muscles…
Seated calf raises work a muscle under the gastroc (calf) called the soleus, it adds to shape and thickness of lower leg…
I shouldnt have to explain this in this forum, sorry if you think that makes me a dick but… c’est le vive.
You are partially correct. Seated CRs focus on the solueus, while Standing CRs focus on both the soleus and the gastroc.
They are both calf muscles.
The soleus runs all the way from your achilles tendon up to right behind your knees. If you build it well, it will also help the gastrocnemius since it runs underneath this muscle.
I didn’t think I would have to explain this…
You use high reps all the time when you walk, so try hitting the Seated CRs with some lower reps. May I recommend a static stretch at the bottom of each rep for about 5 seconds. I got that from the DoggCrapp protocol and it’s worked wonders for my calves.
Immediately after your Seated CRs, you can go to the side of a machine with a thick frame and rep-out with some BW standing CRs. OR you can do one-leg CRs in groups of 5 — 5 left, 5 right, 5 left, etc. — for a total of 15-20 on each side. The next time you do it, start with the right.
PULEEASE!! There i no need to explain this to me, i thankyou.
I simply wasnt bothering to go into exact detail for the purpose of this question - i dont find it necessary to maximise every opportunity to show off the depth of my knowledge like that.
I am perfectly aware of the kinesiology and physiology of the lower leg and can name the 8 flexors to you with origin and attachment details… does that mean i need to go into that detail for this guy? NOPE!!
Nor would i for a novice client who just wants to know the basics of what they are working.
Thanks for the lesson, i’ll be sure to not save it and not refer to it every chance i get.