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Calf Block

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2009/07/20 18:28:01 (permalink)

Calf Block

I made some calf blocks so I can start doing calf raises at home. These are basically 3 thick bits of wood nailed together in a H shape with an aluminium strip on the edge where you stand. Problem is it seems impossible to balance for any length of time on the edge, particularly when carrying a barbell across the shoulders. Is there any way I could improve the blocks so they are easier to balance, e.g. have a more rounded edge or use some sort of grippier material etc?

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    Re:Calf Block 2009/07/20 18:37:51 (permalink)
    What size wood are you using?

    I made mine with two 3"x4"  pieces of wood, they are 18 inches long and sit back to back so the top surface is 8 inches deep. Then 2 bits of 2"x4" are nail to the bottom for feet which holds them together.  

    I rounded the edge off with a plane and some sandpaper.

    It will always be difficult to balance with a barbell as you cant hold on to anything.

    If you can get close enough to a flat wall, hold the bar in a front squat position and let the plates roll up and down the wall so you are leaning very slighty into it for balance. 
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