Donkey Calf Raises On Smith Machine
Another option is to do donkey calf raises on a Smith machine. While this is still a type of machine, it’s extremely common and found in almost every commercial gym.
To do donkey calf raises on a Smith machine, place the foot platform and bench or box inside the machine. Then adjust the bar height so it’s at about hip level when you’re on the platform.
Place the desired amount of weight on the machine. Then climb into the machine with your feet on the platform and hands resting on the bench or box.
Also, you may want to put a pad around the bar to make it more comfortable. Put the bar on your lower back and push up slightly to rotate the bar off the safety stops.
Now lower your heels until you feel a stretch in your calves. Push up through the balls of your feet and squeeze your calves at the top.