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It's called "standing calf raise machine".


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Here is some of the the best available evidence regarding knee problems and osteoarthritis (OA): Virtually all activities require weight bearing will put stress on the knee joints Activities and sports that will put more stress on the knees are (football, jumping, long distance running, soccer, and any other sports that require constant cutting, pivoting ...


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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 from a fire or other emergency, or sit down to play with a child on the floor. People who are okay not being able to do these things without someone else's help ...


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I haven't been able to find any research specifically targeting a squat routine versus a different muscle group routine either, so some of this will be inference. I'd theorize that squats are designated as prime exercises simply because they are some of the largest, strongest muscles in the body, so they will have the largest overall response. This is in ...


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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 stronger. That signal stimulates inflammation. Any inflammatory process produces local pain. Why is it delayed? It takes a day or two for the training-induced ...


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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 cascades through your legs and into your lower back, which is pressed against the seat. They neglect to mention that all weightlifting exercises has this problem, ...


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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 barbells + power racks, or smith machines, or even simply holding weights / kettlebells / dumbbells in your hands as you lift yourself to your toes and back.


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There's more than one type of muscle mass, and training different rep ranges emphasize one over the other: Rep ranges 1-3: emphasizes myophibrilar hypertrophy (i.e. more protein pairs that actually perform muscle contractions) Rep ranges 4-6: balanced hypertrophy range (i.e. both myophibrilar hypertrophy and sarcoplasmic hypertrophy) Rep ranges 7-15: ...


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The stimulus that the leg press provides is difficult to replicate for the same reason that it has become a hassle for you, it allows for a lot of weight to be used. As mentioned by Berin, the weight you use for the leg press will greatly differ from the weight used on most other leg exercises. This makes it a hard exercise to replicate in terms of muscle ...


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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 press, before you jump into your working sets. In between these sets, I recommend some light, dynamic stretches, just to keep the blood flowing even while ...


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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 helper capacity. A good overview of skeletal muscle functioning could help explain a bit, but realize that some muscles are purely antagonists in their role, ...


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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. These would not be a replacement for traditional squats but they can be implemented alongside squats for a challenging leg day. * Not for sissies.


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When it comes to body-weight, there is one limitation and that's the fact that you can't increase the weight to put more pressure on the muscle. However there is one thing which most forget, and it's such a simple trick to hype up the pressure and still not to be dependent on the weights which may not be preferred from one athlete to the other. Due to issues ...


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Squats: Squats are a full body exercise, hitting just about every muscle group. Front squats and Olympic style back squats (high bar, very deep squats) emphasize the quads, while low bar back squats emphasize the glutes and hamstrings more. You will find that you simply won't be able to handle the same amount of weight on the bar with full range of motion ...


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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 the faster you walk shorter the overall cycle length and caddence (the proportions remain the same). Biomechanical Comparison (Walking vs Running) Initial ...


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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 will indeed increase muscle mass at this point. It wont grow at the same rate as if you were doing strength exercises though. The reason for this is because the ...


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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 the knee. In order to forcibly close these joints, we engage the hip flexor and hamstring respectively. So what is the more realistic version of this? Well, ...


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Well that 'someone' is correct in some way. Your legs hold the biggest muscles (bigger than your back or chest) and it's a fact that muscles need a lot of energy. This means that big muscles burn more energy, so the bigger they are... you get it right. If you work your whole body though, you will burn fat much faster (obviously) Have a great time losing ...


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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 my CPK levels were sky high and I was immediately yet ignorantly diagnosed with muscular distrophy. A month later i got a biopsy and an EMG and it turned out ...


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Be sure to do some joint loosening (not stretching) before you run. Then walk for a few minutes before starting. This is a less shocking way to begin for the knees. The advice about gradually increasing your distance is spot on. Otherwise, just be mindful of the way your foot is striking the ground (be as light as possible).


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From Stumptuous.com, a recommendation for the disabled to get to the gym. The description lacks specifics but may be useful regardless: For the record: I’m a 32 year old woman with multiple sclerosis. My experiences are, of course, bound by the particular quirks of my own crippled body and may not always be representative of yours So, why hit the weights?...


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Based on the information in your post, and particularly with the fact you talked to your PT and he gave the green light, there is nothing to prevent you from training at the gym. The challenge is figuring out what you can do. In this answer I'm going with the presumption that the balance problems has to do with strength and muscular stability rather than ...


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This problem is called "valgus" knee. Its is more common for females due to the anatomy - wider hip and slight larger Q angle. However, here are some very common problems for most people with valgus knee, especially during squatting and landing: Weakness in hip abductors Weakness in hip external rotators Pronated feet (flat feet) Weakness in posterior ...


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This is a result of bad form. Your butt is probably sticking up the air. Your achilles tendon and hamstrings are becoming sore because they are being stretched during your holds. First of all look at your body position. to start, lay down chin towards the floor, toes downward, directly downward, and rest on your elbows using your shoulder girdle to ...


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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 off, you might miss out on maybe 3-4 pounds of muscle gain. Obviously you don't want to go backwards on your legs, so keep in mind the detraining rates outlined ...


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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 lats before attempting any front squats. Not sure what you're currently doing, but a huge reason why my front squat was lagging so much. Usually as I got the ...


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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 team and dealing with the changes in your body. You are 16 and hopefully you understand what puberty is and you are feeling the very real effects of it on your ...


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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. Even powerlifters aren't specializing in just the Squat. They also train their lower body/back with deadlifts. Most powerlifters also include variations of ...


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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 low on impact. Ellipticals - Again relatively low impact Spinning - Relatively Low impact You are doing good in following 5x5, please continue that and build ...


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