any1 else have this problem.
My calves are REALLY skinny but i can still squat 400 lbs. now I know calves arent worked too hard with squats and I know my legs arent gonna snap in half either, but...
I just want them to look bigger for looks.
my friend does 10 sets of 10 reps of calf raises every week with a 15 second wait in between sets. is this a good idea?
Gain weight and your calves will grow.
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I've heard of guys jumping on a stationary bike and biking while both feet are in a state of plantar flexion. For a best result I would increase the resistance on the bike.
keep gaining weight and squatting. They get more work than you think as they work in supporting the knees. Plus, when **** gets real heavy it can really work them on walk outs, no joke.
You can do free weight calf raises if you have a SSB.
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I have small calves too.. and no, snowboarding and lots of running dont help. at least it doesnt help me. mine are slowly growing and its from squatting and heavy calf raises. they just grow slowly.
Well, calves aren't gonna grow well if you do 'a few sets after legs' or 'run'
Dedicate a day, or the start of your leg session to them, or do them after squats and pound them hard, lots volume and frequency.
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My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.
Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.
Just noticed that mine are looking better. Details are starting to pop plus more width.
Other than squats and deads all I do is 4 sets a wk. of calf raises. 2 sets standing with both legs under a bb and 2 sets 1 leg at a time with a db using a light weight still. I prefer higher reps in the 12-15 range. The last couple really friggin burn.
But I think properly executed squats really do work the calves more than most people think.
I'm also a firm believer in that good stretching enhances the growth in calves.
And eating enough good food was NEVER a problem for me.
Last edited by dumbbell; 01-26-2009 at 01:51 AM.
It is currently a fad, at this writing, for boys to think they need a "six pack", although most of them don't have an ice chest to put it in.
My calves aren't extremely skinny, just not genetically blessed. My dad's are the same way. I've gotten a lot more detail and size in them over the past few years, but combined with being really hairy and just not aesthetically pleasing, I tend to wear britches over shorts.
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Last edited by ELmx479; 01-26-2009 at 11:08 AM.
My Dad is short and stocky, with fairly decent sized calves. Mine are like that. I also have played basketball since I was in jr. high. Lots of jumping hits the calves hard. Now, I don't worry about it.
But, I would train calves like any other muscle, hard and heavy. Do light sets of innumerable reps (like you see the gym) is a waste of time. When I do calves, it's usually 2-3 heavy sets 6-8 reps of standing raises and then 1-2 sets about 50% with 20+ reps.
Give chalk a chance.
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Last edited by ELmx479; 02-05-2009 at 12:53 PM.
i do calves twice a week, usually mon-thurs....6 sets of 10-20 reps with weight increasing each set.
26 y/o, 6'3", 200
I was reading a book about Arnold's training and he said sets of at least 15 or closer to 20-25 reps per set was the sure fire way to build huge calves, dont forget to go heavy too
Also back in my basketball days, we would finish off the somedays with a set of "Russians" on the seated calf raise machine to kind of shock the muscles or just drain them
Start with 1 45lb plate do 20 or so reps make sure to get full stretch
increase to 2 45lb 5 reps
keep increasing the weight by 1 plate and doing 5 reps until only 1 full rep can be completed
start taking them off 1 plate at a time while still maintaining or attempting to do 5 reps
last set with one plate go for 20 or so reps maximizing the stretch and full extension
Make sure you walk it off or you will cramp
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I got my calves from biking for almost over a year. You should try biking as well and also, do calve raises with the leg press machine.
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LOL. You should start walking with a "ghetto hop". My boss does this and has one HUGE calf, and one bone skinny calf. If only he would alternate from one side to the other he might have even calves.
Seriously though, my calves get worked the hardest by dragging a sled with a long slow stride.
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Do calf raises.
Last edited by Sampson777; 02-05-2009 at 07:48 PM.
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