my calves are really stubborn. I do about 6-7 hard sets of seated calf raises going very slow and till failure of about 16-18 reps. My calves have grown maybe 1/4 inch. Any other good exercises out there?
Should i do calves more frequent than other parts?
Thread: Best CALF exercises for mass??
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01-27-2004, 02:13 PM #11Originally posted by jcaballplaya77
With Calves genetics play a big factor but..... I've found that running stairs for cardio for about 30 minutes very light once per week really pumps my calves and they've grown over 2 inches since i first used this technique in July.
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01-27-2004, 04:10 PM #13Originally posted by BullGod
I have to say I agree...when i ran stairs my calves grew like a mother....you can also add resistance in the form of a weight vest......some will argue that the only way to build them is with heavy weights and calf raises..but I would argue that they have not tried it......I now do lots of heavy calf raises and believe in them as a mass builder but I know running stairs definately works.
to the origianl post.,..althogh standing/donkey is prob the best overall, a combo of seated and standing is best as they work different areas of the calf, to a degree. also the gastrocs and soleus have different types of muscle fibers (fast/slow twitch) and should be trained accordingly. heavier weight/lower reps on standing, and (still heavy but) more managable weight/higher reps on seated, imo......insert clever sig here.....
01-27-2004, 06:07 PM #14Originally posted by anabolic1
lol i do 70lb barbell calf raises for 12 reps only and only weight 150lbs and have 14 1/2 inch calves its genetics.
Originally posted by flexster
just my 2 cents, but you may want to up the reps to like 30. the cavles are worked pretty good day in, day out. they need alot more reps to get them growing. I do anywhere from 20 to 40 reps.http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html
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I think its a combination of techniques, but I think your either born with them or you not. Genetics will always determine how big they are or get. I'm like most of you though, I work em hard but they take time ( like forearms for me). I go high reps 20 -30 rep range aswell.
I'm going to try running the stairs routine, but too much cardio wouldn't be too good for me I have a high metabolism and can't spare too much cals.
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want big calves?? set a treadmill to its highest incline and walk on it for about 10-15 min, at a pretty low speed 2.6-3.2 range, be sure to really push with your feet when walking, dont hold on to handles or anything, if you want to also do some weights do them BEFORE
ps. this also sheds a good amount of calories
01-28-2004, 06:01 AM #19
the calves are stubborn, doesnt matter how hard I work them, they dont really hurt much at all. Mine have started growing again once I doubled the reps. Its kinda like a tough piece of meat. You have to tenderize it before eating or you hvae to chew forever. Same with the calves, you have to really work them by using alot of reps or by doing stairs which has the same effect as doing alot of reps.
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01-28-2004, 11:16 AM #21Originally posted by flexster
the calves are stubborn, doesnt matter how hard I work them, they dont really hurt much at all. Mine have started growing again once I doubled the reps. Its kinda like a tough piece of meat. You have to tenderize it before eating or you hvae to chew forever. Same with the calves, you have to really work them by using alot of reps or by doing stairs which has the same effect as doing alot of reps.http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html
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forget high reps!!!
DO YOUR EXERCISES WITH HEAVY WEIGHT, KEEP REPS TO ABOUT 10, AND MAKE THEM BURNN!!!!
Your calves get worked every day with high reps, while you walk, climb stairs, jog, run, and do daily activities.
what the calves are NOT used to is HEAVY WEIGHT AND LOW REPS.
I began trying this method and got incredibly great gains in one month, Im never going back to the 20-30 rep thing i used to do.
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I found it's the tempo of the reps moreso than what exercise I do for calves.'.'
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12-27-2010, 09:21 PM #28
Experiment. I found that I did a couple of months (hitting them every 4-5 days) of high rep work helped. I'm talking a couple of warm up sets then a set of 50+ reps. So on that set bang out the reps and then pause if need be a keep going. It's tough and it may have just been the shock of something new but it did the trick. Admittedly it has run its course and I am back to medium reps.
12-27-2010, 10:14 PM #29
Do lots of cardio, but do it on your tip toes. Your calves will literally brace the entire weight of your body every time you land. When this gets easy, add ballast by attaching a hydration bladder filled with water to yourself. Calves are dependent a lot on genetics, especially depending on the muscle insertions in them. If you have low-inserting calves, they will grow from anything, and you can train them like any other muscle. If you don't, the above method works to add mass for anyone, guaranteed.
12-27-2010, 11:00 PM #30
16-18 reps might be too easy than
put on more weight till u hit about 12ish
and keep doing sets until failure
and do donkey calf raises they work the outside of ur calves like those thin lines going down the side of your leg those get worked.
the calf raise worked those 2 calf muscles in the back. point ur toes in to work the inner calf. toes out to work outer calf.
and that should do it. keep poundin em and they will grow.
do it just like every other muscle. like twice a week or so i good.
and it also has to do with genetics. if ur genes are chicken leg type its just going to be harder to get bigger calves. but u can get bigger calves its not impossible. Just gotta work harder than the good genetic legged people