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    Why are Calves so Hard to get big>?

    It seems like everyone lacks calves! i have not seen impressive calves on this board ever, and most people admit their calves are pretty small. as are mine (compared to the rest of me). SO my question is, why are calves so hard to grow??
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    Since their job is to support you all day and your body weight, they take a lot of weight and reps to grow. I believe they are classified as a slow twitch muscle so they don't fatigue easily. From what I've read, you need to train them heavy.

    And let's be honest, most people want to hit the chest and arms. Legs are usually a second thought so they lag due lack of training.
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    genetics, calves support your legs ... and body ... big fat people or naturally big people will have big calves, with a bit of weight work, they can grow and look impressive

    Small people ... that arent so big, have small calves, working em out is tough, and they grow slower than anything else

    i hope that made 1 bit of sense
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    There are some big calves on this board man. Ive seen some people with massive calves here.


    As for your question, it's genetic, and has to do with the way the calf is shaped I think. People with long legs like me usually have longer calves and it's harder to make them look big. Shorter legged people usually have shorter, wider calves, and easier to build.

    I've also noticed that people who USED to be fat, usually have big calves. That is most likely just from years of lifting their massive weight around, and when they lost the weight, the muscle gained on their calves stuck around.



    Just my theories.
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    My calves are "ok" But I really never focus much on them.

    I think I will put alot of focus on them the next few weeks and post pictures up.

    When i do train calves...I use light weight and high reps...Super high reps,and that works for me.
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    Beast has great calves, check out his section. There aren't too many pros that have calves as well developed as the rest of them. Why are they hard to get big? Genetics and people don't train them hard. Most train them after their heavy thigh training when they are tired and can't possibly put 100% effort into their calves.
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    Most people just consider calf training an afterthought and throw in a couple light sets of some isolation movement.
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    they're not. my calves are one of the best parts of my body, but i did play soccer for 10+ years. i'm sure that didnt hurt.
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    Have you seen Mark Prior's (Chicago Cubs) Calves? Those things are huge.
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    All men over the age of 40 have massive calves. But then they also have massive guts by then. Maybe its a trade-off?

    Joking aside, I've read that the best way to grow calves is a lot of 'bouncy' work. Such as running up hills or sand dunes, bouncing on your toes a lot, as in pansy assed aerobics. Maybe Cardio could be done on a Stepper for some results? Or on the eliptical trainer, but on your toes?!
    I think it was my Mum's athletics coach magazine I read that in.
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    what would u consider big?? i have 18" calves but i am at like 18% bf.
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    phear my massive 12'' calves
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    Originally posted by hyp3r3xt3nsion
    phear my massive 12'' calves
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    i need a a few more inches for my calves
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    Originally posted by AnabolicBMX
    i need a a few more inches for my calves
    I'm surprised, most cyclist's I know have awesome calves.
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    Originally posted by AnabolicBMX
    i need a a few more inches for my calves

    Not only where you need a few more inches





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    TEAM NO CALVES!!! lol jk I am working on gaining big calf muscles but it's a long road ahead, so I gotta be patient...
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    i would have the smallest calves on misc and ive been training them for 7 years.
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    Originally Posted by AtomicMuscle14 View Post
    TEAM NO CALVES!!! lol jk I am working on gaining big calf muscles but it's a long road ahead, so I gotta be patient...
    10 years thread.. really ?
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    when will it be mine turn

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