I believe I have finally found a use for Smith machines. I have always had a difficult time getting my calves to respond on traditional exercises. So I tried using the Smith machine with a calf block and I am impressed. The slight backwards angle of the movement hits my calves in a new way and I like it! Something about this plane of motion makes it really hit my calves. I always struggle with ‘feeling’ the calves push through a full range of motion but with this exercise my calves are stimulated in a good way.
Anyone else ever tried this?
Why did it take me this long to think of this?
Eventually I am hoping that this will prepare me for barbell / calf blocks. Right now I fight balance and form on the bbell rather than move weight.