Standing Calf Raise
Weights lifted: 500 lbs., 800 lbs., 1,000 lbs.,
1,200 lbs., 1,400 lbs., 1,600 lbs., 1,800 lbs.
A series of four steps up to the toe bridge of Sri Chinmoy’s standing calf raise machine denotes the major adjustments that have been made to it to accommodate the twenty-one 100-lb. plates that it now bears. In 1998, Sri Chinmoy lifted 1,500 lbs. on this machine at his weightlifting anniversary. This year, he worked his way upwards to 1,800 lbs. and most resoundingly lifted it on the first attempt.
Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy is one of constant self-transcendence. He says,
I do not have any set goal; my goal is self-transcendence. I always try to transcend myself. I do not compete with the rest of the world. I compete only with myself and I try to become a better human being so that I can be of service to mankind.
— Sri Chinmoy