The more you bend your knees the less stress you put on the gastroc's and shift the stress more to the soleus which lies under the gastrocnemious. So thats why we do standing knees locked and seated knees bent to target each part of the calf.
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i do not keep my legs locked when doing calves. instead, ill slightly bend the knee and that keeps my calves tright and i can get explosive power out of the movement. it becomes more functional when doing it like this, in my opinion, because if you think about when we jump, we crouch slightly to trigger the lower portion of our body.
when my legs are locked, my ankles hurt.
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2008 13:54:34 GMT -5 by gti steve
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