Keys + Workout to Great Calves
- 01-01-2009, 07:31 PM
- 01-02-2009, 09:57 PM
You can't fight genetics my friend, since you say you arent experienced to lifting, may I ask why you are isolating your calves at this early part of your lifting "career" Too many guys get caught up in isolation exercises as beginners when they should be doing compound lifts instead.
- 01-04-2009, 05:37 PM
I said I wasn't inexperienced... meaning i've been lifting for years already.
01-04-2009, 07:25 PM
light weight, high reps IMO. If they don't grow after that, then it is most likely genetics. Especially if they are not proportioned to the rest of your body, unless you just don't work them out.
01-04-2009, 08:44 PM
Calves get a lot of work daily without going to the Gym. So you need to hit the with weights 2-3 times a week to start growth. What I have found is go with a weight that makes you fail around 20-25. You need to go heavy and get a Good Stretch at the bottom and good tight squeeze at the top. Don't bounce the weight nor have your knees locked. Have your legs bent just a little. Full Range of motion is important with Calf training.
01-04-2009, 10:41 PM
01-05-2009, 01:57 PM
01-05-2009, 02:14 PM
thanks guys, I really appreciate it.
01-05-2009, 03:39 PM
Something about locking the knees. I have always understood that by bending your knees you take out the gastrocnemius muscles and that now you are only involving the soleus. That might be why your not seeing any growth because your only training the underlying muscle. (IMO) To involve the medial and lateral head of your calves the knees need to be at full extension. If anyone has other opinions Im happy to hear them.
01-05-2009, 03:49 PM
This is because of its insertion above the knee on the femur. By having the knees bent it shorten the gastrocnemius muscle
(taking it out of the picture).
01-07-2009, 01:38 AM
if you have crappy genetics...... the only thing to do is have patience. Have all the variations of raises in your workout,... constantly change it up between high/low reps, etc, and find out what works. Ive always had small calves, and i am finally getting mass on them and seeing results after years of experimenting.
01-08-2009, 03:35 PM
Look into DC calves, worked well for me.
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