I have problems training calves......my program is garbage...........When i was between 18-24 my calves would grow and look good easily, with hardly any effort...now at only 31 having tons of problems. Can I have a few samples on what you guys do in your calve routine, maybe I'm doing something wrong.........Thanks
Just do 3 sets until 1 rep from failure 1 leg at a time as heavy as i can... Not 'too' clued up on calve training though :/
Doing calf raises
Use your 20 rep max weight.
Do 20 reps
Wait 10 seconds then do as many reps as you can, stop, wait 10 secs and do as many as you can again. Continue this until you reach a total of 75 reps.
This is Nelson Montana's "cooked calf routine" it works pretty good. Be careful though, I did it last week and I couldn't walk properly for 4 days.
Last edited by bassman09; 12-20-2004 at 11:36 AM.
IMO training calves seems to yeild small results. Unless you do something like basman suggested.
My thinking is that fat people have big calves. fat people walk, high reps.
skinny people(for the most part) have small calves.
Of course though, genetics plays a huge part with calves. Ex. my friend is 180lbs 5'6 with calves well over 18" no pump. Me on the other hand. same weight/height 14.5" calves.
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I wouldn't agree with that analogy. If they walked they probably wouldn't be fat.Originally Posted by Adam MacKinnon
This is something I've observed watching people in general most cases I've seen people with long legs have smaller calves also people with shorter legs have the larger calves maybe something to do with shorter legs need to do more work than long legged people walking the same distances. Just a IMO from observation. Myself I've got short legs and my calves are masive and extremely strong.........
I do these too- but I stop when the pain becomes unbearable, and I start back once the pain subsides enough to continue (3-10 seconds, usually). I call them crybaby calves because they hurt more than anything else that I do. Then again, my calves suck total ass. I have seen some improvement, but training them has been spotty since I screwed up my ankle.Originally Posted by bassman09
Lyle McDonald wrote an article:
5 sets 5 seated calf raises with 2 sec pause at top and bottom of reps.
5 sets 5 leg press calf raises with 2 sec pause at top and bottom of reps.
I've been doing that and seeing some gradual results. But then again I'm bulking and now I have kankles!
Kankles!! LOL! Love that word. I just lift heavy, 2 sets of work with straight legs, 2 sets with legs bent. Seems to work for me. However, I have always had big calves so making them bigger has never really been a problem for me.