Having trouble getting my calves to grow ive tried everything high weight low weight high reps hittin em every day you name it ive done it and they wont grow. Any body got any tips on getting big calves, or are you just born wit em?
I am blessed with big calves but I believe that you can get good calves with more training adjustments and proper nutrition.
I don't think your calf size relies on genetics.
Muscle Length is a big factor however.
no. my dad has chicken legs and my legs are like tree trunks. im calves are about twice the size of his also..abs on the other hand...are 80% genetic 20% diet and training...if that was ever going to come up lol
As for myself I have always had large calves and smallish forearms. I believe that calves and forearm size is largely determined by genetics and those two areas are very hard to get to grow as much or quickly as other body parts.
all your body parts are genetic. why do you think some guys are born behemoths and some guys are born puny weaklings....sure you can get them bigger though very hard work. your weak body parts will always be your weak and your strong will always be your strong.
take your bicep peak for example after two-three years of trainign take a good look. It will always be that shape no amount of concentration curls will add a peak@ the only way is site injections , synthol, something like that.
genetics, and looking at your immediate family isn't always the answer.
Mine grow if I eat high protein and get out there and train hard.
My calves grow no matter how sloppily I train them. It doesn't matter if I'm cutting or bulking, they grow if I work em even half asssed.
My genetics come in vials
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I feel it has alot to do with what you used to do as a child.. I grew up playing soccer and my quads and calfs are shredded without EVER having worked them out.. My upper body is probably not even 50% of my body weight at this point.. kinda rediculous but none the less, i am working on it and seeing great results.
i want calves like a fat lady
My calves are super strong, always have been since I was a kid. I have a vert of well over 24". That being said, when I was in high school, and up to the last year, I had big calves...and really thick ankles. This last year, I have continued to train calves, but started doing more distance running. Since then, my calves and especially my ankles have shrunk in size. They are still just as strong, but for sure are much thinner, and less "bulky". Not sure why...
My dad was big, but had small calves and big thighs. I am the same way. I train my calves hard, they continue to get strong, but now growing. I am seriously considering getting calf implants.............>>>let the flaming begin.
I was obscenely overweight as a child, to the point of having a "beer belly," (42in. waistline at 8) so it was like wearing a weighted vest all-the-time. I also did an absolute ton of martial arts though (old-school stuff to boot). With all the deep squats-which were held for over 20 minutes before movement was allowed- and my being slightly bigger (taller+wider) than just about everybody else in class, Sensei made it a point for me to do a "SIDE-KICKS!" for an hour a day, every day, against a 100lb punching bag that was swung at me, then for an hour of sparring where the foot reigned supreme. Thusly, I have really developed calves and thighs.
As for one of the "squats" in question, put your heels together with both feet pointed 45 degrees outward; take a 1-2 foot step (of equal length) with both legs, squat down until you are able to place your hands on your knees while keeping your back straight and your knees pushed out. Proceed to hold this stance for the next 20 minutes and have random people push straight down on your shoulders to make it harder. After a quick stretch, repeat this for the next hour and only stop to do exhaustive bursts of cardio.
Your spine (and butt) should be directly above the corner made if a straight line were to be draw through the middle of both feet. Imagine the lines made when two walls meet a floor.
My advice to you is this:
1. Don't fear the treadmill. Set it at MAX incline and walk for about an hour-and-a-half on it at around 2.5-3.2mph for the entire time you are on said treadmill. However, a slight jog at a lesser incline to get the blood flowing beforehand is never a bad thing.
2. Possibly take up some form of martial art (taekwondo included).
3. Wear a weighted vest under your clothes all day long.
4. If it is safe, walk on the balls of your feet when going up stairs. You can also just push up on the balls of your feet when waiting in any standing/seated situation.
5. After following step 1., do various things in your gym-leg press included, once legs have recovered... enough; lather, rinse, and repeat. If your calves start cramping, or feel as though they might, get off the treadmill immediately and go sit on one of the bikes that requires the leg press posture. Make sure you stretch deep after doing this.
hope you found at least part of this helpful, best of luck.
Last edited by Edward Nigma; 12-11-2008 at 01:42 PM. Reason: additional information required