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    Diamond shaped calves

    I don't have any issues whatsoever putting on good lean muscle up top but I have always had issues with getting my calves to grow. Anyone have any good calve exercises that can help me put on some solid meat down there? Currently I am just adding standing calf raises (weighted and unweighted) until muscle failure at the end of a leg workout. I've had some noticeable results but I wonder if I'm on the right track.

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    loose the non-weighted raises, increase the weight, don't over train them (common issue), and in-my-opinion don't go to failure (at least not every time)

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    It's hard with calves because you have to find what works best for you. I am fortunate. My mom has huge calves and she kind of passed them along to me. Mine are not as big as hers but they are cut and veiny. Now don't get me wrong they weren't always that way. I tried hitting them hard once a week, twice a week, even three times a week. I tried one exercise, two, even super sets, plus all kinds of reps ranges. Calves are just like every other muscle you have...you have to figure out what works. Now I know calves are stubborn bastards because they say "fuck you" we walk all day, you can't throw shit at us that we can't handle. Well I finally told them to "shut the fuck up" when I found what worked for me. High reps with as heavy weight I can handle with good form. I do two regular exercises, one double leg, one single leg. The third exercise is a superset. That's it. That is what works for me. Hope you can find what works best for you. Good luck brother.

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    I"ll try that. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_predator View Post
    It's hard with calves because you have to find what works best for you. I am fortunate. My mom has huge calves and she kind of passed them along to me. Mine are not as big as hers but they are cut and veiny. Now don't get me wrong they weren't always that way. I tried hitting them hard once a week, twice a week, even three times a week. I tried one exercise, two, even super sets, plus all kinds of reps ranges. Calves are just like every other muscle you have...you have to figure out what works. Now I know calves are stubborn bastards because they say "fuck you" we walk all day, you can't throw shit at us that we can't handle. Well I finally told them to "shut the fuck up" when I found what worked for me. High reps with as heavy weight I can handle with good form. I do two regular exercises, one double leg, one single leg. The third exercise is a superset. That's it. That is what works for me. Hope you can find what works best for you. Good luck brother.
    Thanks predator. That sounds like good advice.

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    Gotta train em heavy bro, calves are stubborn as fuck! full range of motion and hold that peak contraction...about 6-8 reps...like 200+ said dont overtrain em, give them time to heal and GROW!!!
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    Aim for as much range of motion as possible. Stretch at the bottom and squeeze for a second or two at the top. Also, the more you weigh, the bigger they'll get

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    Yeah I was told before that high reps at body weight would do the job. It hasn't so I'll adjust my routine and try what you guys are saying.

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    Bodyweight calve exercises will definitely strengthen those calves and add definition but if you want size gotta add weight bro like any other body part....try focusing on heavy/low rep exercises for a few weeks and then back to lighter/high exercises for a couple weeks to bulk and keep definition
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    Heavy donkey raises. Hold all the way at the bottom for three seconds then push all the way to the top for a one second hold. Learned that from Built. 15 reps you will feel it like no other.
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    I threw a pic of my calves in my profile cause I was happy they finally started to get some size with heavy weights...stupid, LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by suprfast View Post
    Heavy donkey raises. Hold all the way at the bottom for three seconds then push all the way to the top for a one second hold. Learned that from Built. 15 reps you will feel it like no other.
    ^^^heavy donkeys are crucial! I like that pic of Arnold doing them with a dude on his back. LMAO
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShreddedOatz View Post
    ^^^heavy donkeys are crucial! I like that pic of Arnold doing them with a dude on his back. LMAO
    You say homo, I say...well I say homo too but nice calve workout.
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    LOL...fucker! You won't see me up in the gym asking for a spot...then being like "hop on",
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    Dont remember where the hell I read it or saw it but the calves take a lot of punishment on a daily basis just walking and doing normal stuff. You need to up the game if you want to get them to grow.

    Heavy sets of 15-20. When I am done with donkey raises I usually have to hang on the machine for a few seconds so the blood can rush back in.
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