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    Calf Muscle

    right, so here is the problem.

    i have been trying to get my calves to become like a 100m sprinters, but i jus cant seem to shape them, so that the majority of the calf muscle is higher up my leg.

    now i'm asian, so what i was thinking was that it is a genetic thing. all of the asian mates of my have wide calves that fan out in the middle of the bottom half of their leg.

    any hints on being able to get my calf to go up, without having surgery?
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    walk more on the toes, less on the heels
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    Originally Posted by b0ngman
    walk more on the toes, less on the heels
    agreed.
    thats probably why women have such firm calves. mmmmmm...
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    It could be genetic. What exercises are you doing for them?
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    Angry calf 100m sprinting

    yeh, thanks for the tip about walking on the tippy toes and on the balls of the feet. i have been trying that.

    the thing is that right now i am doing calf raises off the step with a 5kg dumbbell in hand, and i am also doing 100m sprints (running them in 11.5). But all my mates who run it either faster or slower, who are caucasian males, have calfs that are like tennis balls up below the knee, whilst mine is still in the middle of my leg.

    RARRRRR!
    anything else i can do to get em up there???
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    Probably not but seated calf raises (you can put a weight on your knees) will work the muscle differently so you might try those for 4 - 6 weeks and see if it makes a difference.
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    best thing for calves is to carry a 25-lb plate or weight bags all day.

    maybe you can put it in your shirt or backpack.
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    Originally Posted by simmis_sim88
    right, so here is the problem.

    i have been trying to get my calves to become like a 100m sprinters, but i jus cant seem to shape them, so that the majority of the calf muscle is higher up my leg.

    now i'm asian, so what i was thinking was that it is a genetic thing. all of the asian mates of my have wide calves that fan out in the middle of the bottom half of their leg.

    any hints on being able to get my calf to go up, without having surgery?
    Sorry. But high calves are genetic mate. Most olympic sprinters are black and blacks are known to naturally have high calve/lat insertion points. So if you are asian then odds are you do not have that sort of structure.
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    You have a good thing, low insertion points, this means you can build more overall mass in the muscle so it will look better any way.
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    personally

    personally i reckon i looks really bad. i'd prefer high insertion points (if that exists) as opposed to low ones. my calves are too wide
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    I think it's genetic.

    But, if it is really bothering you, why not try the opposite route and lose some calf size? You could train them more like a long distance runner. High reps, low weight.
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    interesting u say that

    interesting u say that

    i did try that for a while, like running 2.5km, but my calves jus stayed pumped, and i did this trial for like a month and a half.

    damn genetics!
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    Well, due to my OCD tendencies, my right calf is noticably bigger than my left because when I go up stairs, my right foot has to be the foot that ends the stair climb. Multiply that obsessive factor by a couple years, lifting all my weight on that one foot everytime I climb a flight of stairs, and you get a bigger calf. walk on your toes more
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    Thumbs up Try this!!

    You must shock them!!!! I have posted what I do before, but I will go ahead again. You are on your calves all day, they undergo alot of tension all day so just going to the gym and lifting a little weight do sets like you normally do with your chest or something just isn't going to cut it. For some people who have the genetics that might work, but for the others who aren't so lucky they have to shock them. This is what I do:

    1st.
    Standing calf raise\donkey calf raise(either one I like to switch it up!)

    Don't use a real heavy weight, maybe something moderate. I just use about 225. Use a step or something so you are elevated, not just standing on the floor. Extend your heels and let them touch the floor, then raise up to where your feet are parallel to the floor, then raise and fully contract them. Like double pumping them. Then back down to the floor again and repeat. Do this till failure, then when you reach failure keep going only bring feet to parallel and then go to failure while doing that. Your calves should be really burning at this point!!! As soon as you can't go anymore, go to the next exercise, DO NOT REST!!!

    2nd
    Seated calf machine(one where your legs are out in front of you, not where the weight is on your knees)

    Again just use a moderate weight. Point your toes inward and rep it out! Again you are going to failure. Once you reach failure, then go to half reps till failure. Moving on, go to the next exercise, with again NO REST!!!! Your calves should feel like they are on fire!!!!!

    3rd
    Calf presses on a leg press(make sure the pressure is on the balls of your feet)

    This is the last exercise!! With this I try and overload the muscle! They are burning like Hell, So I go with a little heavier weight. Usually like 4 or 5 plates on each side. Again you are going to failure with full reps, after reaching failure, go to half reps till failure!! By this time your calves will feel like they need a fire hose spraying them!

    I do this routine 3 times in a row. With about 2 min. rest in between each set. The whole routine should only take about 10 min. Make sure all your weight is ready to go before you start!! I usually do these on chest days, never on leg days, you will see what I mean once you try the routine. Just make sure all of your full reps are fully contracting your calves!!!

    Hope this helps ya man!!! Sure helped me when I made it my routine!!!!
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