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Kemics 10 Jun 2019

I always get insanely pumped calves when tippy toeing up long slabs. Has anyone ever done any specific exercises to strengthen their calves. Loads of calf raises? 

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Mr Fuller 10 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

Weighed calf raises and calf lowers, but going running and cycling will make a big difference too.

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Jon Greengrass 10 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

I was a toe walker as a child, concerned parents took me to see a doctor, who said I would grow out of it as a I grew (heavier). I didn't I just developed very strong calf muscles, and stopped toe-walking so people didn't take the piss about me prancing about in imaginary high-heels. I've never experienced any calf pump when climbing due to my strong calf muscles, therefore I would recommend toe-walking or sawing the heels of your favourite pair of stilettos.

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snoop6060 10 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

Get a toeboard. A beastmaker 2000 screwed to a skirting board for example. Just train your toes just like your fingers. To be fair I can imagine this actually working. 

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Jon Stewart 10 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

I get excruciating foot pain, rather than calf-pump when I tippy-toe up long slabs. Then I have a massive tantrum, wailing about how shit and pointless slabs are. Then rather than vowing to start training on a toe-board, or somesuch, I swear to never climb a f*cking slab ever again. 

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pasbury 10 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

Depends on angle and whether you’re edging or smearing? Low angle and or smears; keep ankles low and relax, you’re not crimping with your toes you’re just standing.

Steep and edgy; e.g. slate, stiffer shoes help, experiment with the angles of your foot to the rock, ankle low or high, weight over big toe, inside of ankle turned in. Every move on a slab can be a rest, get your feet comfortable in between moves, tension or force only needed during the move.

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tlouth7 11 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

For calf muscular endurance I have found* steep hill reps (running) to be effective. Also moderately slow runs where you remain on your toes.

The advantage of running/cycling in this context is that you will do far more reps than most of us could put up with as a dedicated exercise.

*I am not a medical or exercise professional

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LeeWood 11 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

I find that shoes with stiffer soles help 

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Kemics 11 Jun 2019
In reply to all:

Thanks for the recommendations. Think im going to mix some specific calf raises with some hill sprints. Could always do with more cardio so seems like a good compromise to hit both

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pasbury 11 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

Don’t forget technique!

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john arran 11 Jun 2019
In reply to Kemics:

Rather than training calves for slabs I think you'd be better off training kids, as they will have more natural aptitude.

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