Q: I follow your writings and enjoy your advice! However, I noticed that you recommend the Donkey Calf Raise quite often when talking about training calves. The couple of gyms that I frequent don't have a Donkey Calf Raise machine and I'm rather reluctant to interrupt other people to get them to sit on my back. Are there alternative exercises that I can use to replace the Donkey Calf Raise?

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Q: I really like the column, Charles, which brings me to my point. I have a question about back training. I injured my back doing heavy squats about three years ago and although they're undoubtedly my favorite exercise, I'm no longer able to do squats or bent-over rows. My back is more than wide enough, but the thickness is suffering because I can only use rowing machines (Cybex, Hammer iso, etc.). I would really appreciate some advice to help me work around this problem. Please help! I want to win the Western Ontario championships this year!!!

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Q: What's your opinion of 20-rep breathing squats? I just finished reading my copy of Stuart Robert's BRAWN, and I have been talking to a lot of people over the net about the benefits of 20-rep squats. What's your opinion of this training method?

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Q: If a trainee returns to the gym and finds that his strength hasn't increased from his last workout for that body part, should he just call it quits on that body part for that day?

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