Want to get serious about lower leg size? There are effective ways to attack your calves and get better results.
The lottery of birth favors us all with different advantages. Some people get genius brains, others are gifted with rich parents. Some lucky folks hit the calf muscle jackpot and develop big, beefy calves seemingly without effort. It’s hard not to be jealous, right? Bodybuilders who get thick, attractive calves without doing a million calf raises are definitely to be envied.
Lots of men and women actually get good genes for calves. It’s especially galling that some of them don’t even work out and still look great. But don’t fall into the trap of blaming all your calf problems on getting the wrong genes. A lot of us who struggle to make our calves look as impressive as we want them to aren’t training them properly. Calves are major muscles that deserve a priority spot in your training regimen.
Even if you didn’t wind up with the genes programmed for “Mike Matarazzo”-type monster calves, you can still bulk up those muscles significantly. Never forget that even the most genetically gifted can be equaled or even surpassed by people willing to work hard. If all you’re doing for your calves is tacking a few lazy sets onto the tail end of your workout, you can do more for your lower legs.
The Hunt For Crazy Calves
Calves have a well-earned reputation for being tough to grow. The calf muscles play a constant and significant role in supporting your body weight throughout the day’s movement. They need truly intense attention if you want them to strengthen and bulk up. Calf boosting is not a natural outcome of conventional training routines. Therefore,we are sharing six special recommendations for waking up your calves and encouraging gains in these oh-so-stubborn muscles.
1) Spend two to four weeks doing daily calf exercises as a break from your standard routine. Give your calves four to six sets in each workout and use a different exercise every day.
2) Make bedtime calf raises a regular part of your routine. Do a set of 100 and push yourself as hard as you can using bodyweight. These raises should be in addition to your regular workouts – push towards the burn!
3) Remind yourself to stretch up and walk on your tiptoes when you can throughout the day. It’s no mystery why ballet dancers often have impressive calves. All that time en pointe really works the calf muscles.
4) Make every staircase you encounter a tool for working your calves. Do a calf raise with each step when ascending. When descending, make sure you step down onto the balls of your feet. This turns each downward step into a little plyometric movement.
5) Add two calf workouts to your weekly schedule. One of these should be sets of four to six reps using the heaviest possible weights. The other should use much lighter weights used for sets of 25-50 reps. This regular targeted exercise will activate muscle fibers that might be overlooked in your regular workouts.
6) Do it the way Arnold did it: train your calves barefoot. (Don’t push this if your feet can’t take the strain!) Training in bare feet extends the range of motion for calf movements and requires stronger contractions.
IMPORTANT! These tips aren’t designed to be used all at once! Use two or three of the items listed above. Rotate through the list every couple of weeks to maintain variety.