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    Any inspirational calf progress?

    Im struggling making gains with my calves - like many i know. I think i have a good workout worked out now so its just dedication now.

    I wana hear some inspirational calf progress - anyone start off with small/no calves and make serious gains?
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    I have small calves and never really worked them out until I noticed how awkward I looked with chicken legs. I started doing calve raises with heavy weight; seated, standing, donkey style, and on the leg press machine. I seen how they grew but of course I wanted them bigger so I increased my reps and the weight and now they are continuing to grow.
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    yeah i found increasing reps (15-30 range) is helping but gains are sooo slow. cause theyr growing slower than everything else im gettin more out of proportion
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    i had some massive calfs when i use to work them out everyday,
    and they def. dont look like the use to after i stoped, so im gonna start working them like i use to
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    which is how?
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    have you ever tried unilateral calve raises meaning one calf at a time? they tend to help out with size a lot too.
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    Originally Posted by The_Prodigy View Post
    have you ever tried unilateral calve raises meaning one calf at a time? they tend to help out with size a lot too.
    did for a while but it takes twice as long so i stopped! ill try again.

    infact i do burn outs somtimes with weightless single legged donkeys. killer burn off them
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    I used to do strip sets a while back too and they were some killers for my calves.
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    do your calf work on a leg press, seated calf machine and standing calf raises, keep the reps rather high, again as mentioned befre 15-30. I love blasting the calves for 30 reps at moderate weight and resting a short period inbetween. Since I have began running, i have noticed that my calves are just growing without training now.
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    I just do lots of calf raises, standing and seating. I usually do this at the end of my leg workout. That plus my daily walk up hills makes made calves grow. My calves went from 15.5" to 18" in less than a year. If you use the treadmill a lot, do it and a steep incline, some people can get killer calves just walking and running.
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    Uhh... I started out smith calf raising like 195 lbs a few months ago. For sets of 20. Today and last week I did 465x10 at the end of my calf workout.

    IMO the calves are supporting your body all day and they're really never hit with extremely heavy weight, so to get solid growth out of them you've really gotta blast them with extremely heavy weight.

    This has helped for me, anyway.
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    heavy weight + very low rest times worked really well for me
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    training them more than 1 time a week. i started training them 2-3 times a week 20 reps or failure, 6 sets on one exercise, then 6 on a diff. one next workout. ive gained an inch in 2-3 months time. also havent went a day without them being sore from the one exercise at a time scheme. which is at least a mental boost for me
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    Just be sure you incorporate seated and standing calf raises. They work different muscles in your calf (soleus and gastrocnemius). Mix up the weight and reps. One week do heavy weight and low reps, then the next week go for high reps with lower weight. For me this prevents plateaus when just doing all heavy weight. From my experience they have responded the best to heavy weight.
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    thanks for the advice. anyone got any before and after pics of their calves?
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    I know this is an old thread but someone else might find it because it comes up first on google.

    It's not great news unfortunately fellas but here's my progress from running. Usually incline running.

    I'm going to start doing calve raises and see what happens
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    Originally Posted by reecegunn90 View Post
    I know this is an old thread but someone else might find it because it comes up first on google.

    It's not great news unfortunately fellas but here's my progress from running. Usually incline running.

    I'm going to start doing calve raises and see what happens
    I heard riding a bike long distance and jump rope is good for calves too.

    Still not sure if I forgive you for bumping a long dead thread tho....
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    Originally Posted by BeginnerGainz View Post
    I heard riding a bike long distance and jump rope is good for calves too.

    Still not sure if I forgive you for bumping a long dead thread tho....
    No man, calves are pure genetics. If you've got thin calves there's not anything you can do about it.

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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    No man, calves are pure genetics. If you've got thin calves there's not anything you can do about it.

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    Totally. Every muscle in the body will grow if it’s trained, rested and fed EXCEPT calves. Always makes me lol.
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    I saw some improvements on my baby calves last year when I started running regularly, that is until I blew both of them with major calf strains...
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    Originally Posted by BeginnerGainz View Post
    Totally. Every muscle in the body will grow if it’s trained, rested and fed EXCEPT calves. Always makes me lol.
    In all seriousness though, mine are pretty underdeveloped compared to the rest of me. Easily my most lagging. But I still won't claim that excuse.
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    I got a seated calf machine right after xmas. Already gained 1/4", cuts and veins coming out. I have super high calves, built for jumping and speed. They used to call me rex chapman in hs. "Jumps like a brother, shoots like your mother". Lol.

    So that machine was a great investment. Hopefully I can get them up an inch in the next year or so.
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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    In all seriousness though, mine are pretty underdeveloped compared to the rest of me. Easily my most lagging. But I still won't claim that excuse.
    https://www.t-nation.com/training/every-day-is-calf-day

    I started doing pretty much all this and I even managed to add size to mine and they were already big.

    Still don’t go over 8 reps and I still don’t so seated (it’s unnecessary).
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    Originally Posted by LoveThePain View Post
    Im struggling making gains with my calves - like many i know. I think i have a good workout worked out now so its just dedication now.

    I wana hear some inspirational calf progress - anyone start off with small/no calves and make serious gains?
    Make it consistently apart of your leg routine. So, if you're hitting legs 2x a week you should at least have 6 sets of calves each day (12 sets total per week) for accumulating muscle growth
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    Originally Posted by BeginnerGainz View Post
    Totally. Every muscle in the body will grow if it’s trained, rested and fed EXCEPT calves. Always makes me lol.
    Alas... The problem comes from uber high insertions of the generically inferior 😂

    Can't change ur insertions yo... 😜

    Not a problem I have.. Low insertions, even on long shins look ****ing joocey.. Add a decade of walking up hills and riding a bike.
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