Body Solid SCB26 Calf Squat Block review by Justin Gaede.
I just received this calf block in the mail today and I am pretty stoked to start using it. I have the built-in calf block on my Parabody 350, but it is too small for my feet, so I always feel like I'm about to fall off while using it. This is especially true when I perform single leg calf raises which are necessary for me in order to use enough weight on each leg.
The weight stack on my Parabody only goes up to 200lbs (basically my body weight) which is a joke to my skinny calves if they are exercised in tandem. Also, the edge of the block puts quite a bit of uncomfortable pressure on the balls and arches of my feet when I use heavy weight. The combined pain and awkwardness of the exercise often dissuades me from lowering my heels down far enough to get a good stretch and ROM.
I must the say that my first impression of this Body Solid SCB26 Calf Squat Block is quite positive. Assembly was quick and easy. The only snag was I had to peel the plastic Body Solid logo off and position it higher so that I could attach the squat plate flush against the face of the calf block. Fortunately, the logo came off clean with no glue residue and firmly restuck in place.
I initially thought about not attaching the squat plate to save some floor space. But for those wondering, it is necessary to attach the squat plate so that the calf block doesn't roll forward while you're up on your toes. I tested this to make sure, without weights of course.
Now, the whole reason I purchased the Body Solid block was to perform calf raises in comfort, and boy does it deliver! The rough curved surface provides maximum contact friction, making the feet feel very secure throughout the entire range of motion. Of course, without a true edge, the surface is also infinitely more comfortable on the soles compared to a traditional calf block. This new found comfort encourages a deep stretch with every repetition which feels absolutely fantastic!
I highly recommend this block to anyone who has considered buying it and to those who want to sufficiently exercise their calves at home but neglect doing so because their feet feel uncomfortable on the equipment they currently use.
It's a combination squat platform for stabilizing the user during squat exercises and calf block for the most intense calf raise exercises with full range of motion, and complete comfort. Full 18" long x 6-1/2" high calf block allows greater stretch and contraction of all calf muscles. Full 26" long squat platform allows user to elevate heels for better balance and concentration. Solid steel, 2 bolt assembly, includes welded carrying handle and textured, no-slip surfaces. 2000 lb. capacity.
Assembled Dimensions: 6"H x 17"L x 26"W
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