Hi there, does anyone know of (or recommend) an online store to get a Tibia machine? My friends and I were thinking of chipping in together to get one, but I'm not sure where a reputable place to get this would be, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
Actually if you want to work your tibialus anterior just get in a standing calf raise machine backward so your heels are on the step and your toes are hanging off. Then dorsiflex your foot, if you need more resistance put the weight on the machine higher. The way the leverage works this allows you to work your tib ant and add resistance since you're levering off your calcaneus. Works quite well.
I've also found it helpful in dealing with/preventing shin splints when done for high reps. But, yep, my initial reason for including them was seeing a Dorian Yates article wayyyyyyy back when, where he pointed out that it was an often-neglected muscle that can add "dimension" to the lower leg.
The trick to the seated one-leg version is to not have your leg at 90 degrees (like you're doing a seated calf raise). You get a much better range of motion in the ankle when your foot is farther out in front and the knee angle is, like, closer to 135 degrees or so.
Also, I generally prefer dumbbells to plates. It's easier to sit the dumbbell flat across the whole instep, and more comfortable (relatively) when using heavier weights.