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What is this calf gym machine called?

It's called "standing calf raise machine".
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Reasons to train lower body

It's important to keep one's legs in good working order for anyone who wants to retain the ability to get out of bed, climb stairs, stand up off the toilet, walk around a hilly neighborhood, run away ...
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Don't feel muscle soreness until after a day

The soreness that you experience is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). What causes it? When you exercise, the muscles get damaged. That damage is a signal for the muscle to grow and get ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

No, it should not be avoided. Like any machine, it's a tool, and it has a purpose. The article seems to refer to the fact that during a seated leg press, the weight presses down on your feet, and ...
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What is this calf gym machine called?

Also search for "gastrocnemius press" or "gastrocnemius machine." But I agree with the other comment, you can usually get 90% of the benefit of this with existing equipment, be it ...
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Should I lock my knees doing Leg Press?

No, the knees should not be locked out.* See caveat. The two primary reasons: Once the knees are locked all the weight is transferred directly to the joint, which can be disasterous Not locking out ...
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Warming up without legs

It's perfectly common to warm up your upper body by simply doing upper body work. If you're doing bench press, for instance, let your warmup consist of 5-6 lightweight, high-repetition sets of bench ...
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Lower leg training

The smaller leg muscles, we can pick on the extensor digitorum longus or the sartorius (as examples) are not supposed to be individually engaged. They are role-specific, and supposed to serve in a ...
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Are squats on the tip of the feet and bending back good for the legs?

I believe you're describing a Sissy Squat *. This is a great body-weight exercise for developing your quadriceps. However, sissy squats don't work the glutes at all; instead recruiting the hip flexors....
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Do squat and deadlift work the hip flexors and extensors in a balanced way?

The purpose of the hip flexors are to lift the legs when walking or running. The purpose of the hip extensors are to lift the whole body when walking or running. Since the whole body is a lot heavier ...
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Do squat and deadlift work the hip flexors and extensors in a balanced way?

I've seen plenty of leg routines based entirely (or almost entirely) on squats and deadlifts. My simple question is this routine is balanced. This question seems to depend on the assumption that it ...
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Walking faster V/s Running

The Gait Cycle (Walking vs Running) The above image compares the gait cycles of walking and running. The same concepts that apply to walking apply to power walking. The only thing that changes is ...
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Does cardio build muscle?

This is going to be a yes and no answer, and here is why. If you start from nothing, you will have not have a lot of muscle mass in your legs. Cardio activities such as running, sprinting and cycling ...
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Are leg 'pull' exercises a thing?

Well, yes. But actually no. If we examine your example with "doing squats with your feet glued to the ceiling", we'll find that there's a set of joints that are closing. Namely the hip and ...
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Never skip leg day?

Six months is really not a long time. You can get to advanced level in 2-3 years (with proper programming) and spend six months just to put on 5-10kg to your lifts after that. By taking six months ...
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Why did my legs give way?

Just saw this post, and thought I should contribute. I had the exact same thing happen to me, where I collapsed and couldn't get up no matter how hard I tried. I ended up getting a blood test done and ...
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Front squats lagging behind back squats by too much

Two major issues for me were core and flexibility in my Lats. I would say that you should focus on more core work which have a variety of different exercises that can help. First I would foam roll ...
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Need Help Urgently? Mental and Heavy Legs

This is kind of outside of the scope of the PF SE but you seem genuinely in need. First point of call would be to talk to your parents, you are saying you are feeling pushed too much into the older ...
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is the squat a complete exercise for the legs?

Squats do activate all muscle groups in the legs to some degree. With that said, I do not think it is the only exercise that should be done for your legs. I noticed that you mentioned powerlifting. ...
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Does running/biking suffice as a leg workout?

Please use low-impact exercises till you are fit enough to run. A lot of people make the mistake of using running as an exercise to get fit which can backfire. Rowing - Uses upper body as well and ...
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Is it quite OKAY to do 45 Degree Leg Press alone to replace squat?

It is not going to replace squat. You can see which muscles the squat hits here and leg press here. You see, in the squat you use other muscles as well like your erector spinae, obliques and abs. ...
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What next, after Pistol Squats

You can always increase the time you are doing the exercise, increasing the time under tension. In addition to it, you can also do the same exercises with "holds". For example, you can stay in pistol ...
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Seemingly useless workout

Diet Clean up your diet. The lower your body fat gets, the more insulin sensitive you become, and the easier you store body fat. Basically it gets harder and harder to get leaner. The techniques you ...
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Seemingly useless workout

Well it looks like you have your exercise portion of things in order. Running and going to the gym regularly is for sure helping, but here is your main problem: My diet is not that great, I admit ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

We are commonly advised to turn the toes in (medially rotate) in order to emphasise the lateral head, and to turn the toes out (laterally rotate) in order to emphasise the medial head. And this notion ...
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How to get definition in the outer calves

Try doing all of the above with your feet turned in making sure you work through the whole range of movement
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

OP: the hamstring doesn't just bend the knee. That's the function at the knee insertion. However, the hamstring ALSO acts as a hip extensor along with the glute maximus. Hence why RDL/Straight-Leg ...
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Please recommend some exercise on legs

There are several great workouts you can do at home to workout legs. Now, keep in mind, running is not so much about building leg muscle, but a more cardio related activity. I'm not saying you won't ...
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How to keep the legs healthy when climbing stairs

Its great that you love running up the stairs. You are correct that coming down has a slight negative effect on the legs specifically the knees. Running up for that matter, has very less impact on ...
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Legs training program

Reps in the range of 12+ tend to be geared more towards muscle endurance than hypertrophy (more muscle mass) or strength. A vast number of training programs with a trainee's 1-rep max (1rm) in mind, ...
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