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Michael Sedlak M.Sc.
Michael has taken his passion for fitness, sports, and bodybuilding to a new level, translating cutting edge nutritional science into innovation for some of the world’s most successful supplement companies. Michael is a leading authority on evidence-based research and the applied aspects of clinical nutrition. He holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Functional Foods, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Toxicology. Michael offers new insight into key industry trends, applying the latest-nutritional research for the development of innovative science-based products. Michael has spent the last decade working in one of the most secretive industries in the world, protecting some of the most confidential information in the supplement sector. From managing clinical trials and new product formulations to lecturing at various international seminars, he has been a part of the inner workings of the industry that only a privileged few have ever experienced. Michael has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively from Germany, to England and throughout all of North America, meeting and working with some of the world’s greatest minds in sports nutrition and exercise science. With his professional background, vast experience and expert knowledge, Michael will continue to educate thousands on the latest nutritional research driving the innovation within the health industry. www.cpcnutrition.com
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Seated Or Standing Calf Raises?

QUESTION: What’s the difference between the seated and standing calf raise machines?

ANSWER: Not surprisingly, there is quite a difference between the seated and standing calf raise exercise in the way it works your calf muscle. Inexperienced lifters often choose the wrong exercise to accomplish their goals because they do not understand the anatomy of muscle. The calf is composed of two different muscles: the gastrocnemius, which is easily visible providing the shape when your calf is flexed; and the soleus, which lies underneath the gastrocnemius, giving the depth to your calf. When you are doing standing calf raises you are effectively working the gastrocnemius. When you are seated, the bent angle of your knee takes the larger gastrocnemius out of the movement thereby putting the majority of the workload on the underlying soleus. The function of the soleus is exactly the same as the gastrocnemius, to raise the heel. The only difference is that it works in a different position when the knee is bent. So, while it may seem logical that the two exercises are simply for the calves, in reality you need to work the two muscles differently for total calf development.