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    Team small calves

    Hey everyone. New to the forum scene!

    My parents blessed me with team small calves.. I work them to exhaustion 4 days a week and they just seem to get toned.. not bigger.

    Problem is that my upper body is growing the way I want it too.. but my poor calves are the same size!

    When finally I overheard someone say ?don?t skip leg day? and I was the only one around I decided to join this forum..

    I need help! What can I do to make my calves grow!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbrooks1 View Post
    Hey everyone. New to the forum scene!

    My parents blessed me with team small calves.. I work them to exhaustion 4 days a week and they just seem to get toned.. not bigger.

    Problem is that my upper body is growing the way I want it too.. but my poor calves are the same size!

    When finally I overheard someone say ?don?t skip leg day? and I was the only one around I decided to join this forum..

    I need help! What can I do to make my calves grow!!!

    I have the same problem with calves; my quads and hams are big and strong, calves are strong too, but look thin. I'll be watching this thread hoping someone has a plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidassears View Post
    I have the same problem with calves; my quads and hams are big and strong, calves are strong too, but look thin. I'll be watching this thread hoping someone has a plan.
    For sure!!

    The struggle is real.

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    Try working them 1 day per week . Heavy weight, 8-12 reps to failure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajbrooks1 View Post
    Hey everyone. New to the forum scene!

    My parents blessed me with team small calves.. I work them to exhaustion 4 days a week and they just seem to get toned.. not bigger.

    Problem is that my upper body is growing the way I want it too.. but my poor calves are the same size!

    When finally I overheard someone say ?don?t skip leg day? and I was the only one around I decided to join this forum..

    I need help! What can I do to make my calves grow!!!
    "...Working them to exhaustion..."

    That is vague information that doesn't tell anyone anything.

    It amount to telling a doctor you sick and want him to prescribe a medication to make you well.

    With that said, here's some generic information...

    The Two Calf Muscles

    The calf is composed of two muscles; the Soleus and Gastrocnemius.

    Two different muscles that respond to two different type of training.

    Soleus

    The Soleus muscle responds best to training, as follows.

    1) Seated Calf Raises

    2) High Repetitions: This means 20 repetition per set or higher with short rest period between sets (around 60 seconds), with low to moderate weight.

    Low to moderate weight is prescribed due to the fact there is a see-saw effect with weight and repetition. When repetition go up, weight goes down.

    Short rest period between sets also decrease the weight used.

    What most important is, "The Burn" which triggers muscle growth.

    Grastrocnemius

    The Grastrocnemius muscle responds best to 8 - 12 Repetitions with moderate heavy loads and short rest periods.

    High Volume

    Muscle growth occurs with high High Volume Training. That means...

    Performing High Sets, 5 Sets or more of an exercise.

    High Frequency

    Muscle growth is best promoted by training muscle with greater frequency. That is especially true with the calves.

    The calves (for most) require an enormous amount of training for growth.

    Empirical Evidence

    That athletes with the Best Calves are...

    1) Runners

    A great example of this is this article...

    A slightly better - yet silly looking - way to train your calf muscles
    http://www.ironmagazineforums.com/ed...58&do=editpost

    "Hopping trains the calf muscles a little more intensively than the calf raise, ..."

    2) Bicyclist

    These athletes essentially preform High Volume Calf Training (Mega high sets and repetitions, so to speak).

    They also preform High Frequency Calf Training; Running and/or Biking multiple days during the week. Thus, training the calves 4 days a week, usually more.

    Genetics

    Individual with small calves can improve them. However, there is a genetic limiting factor.

    My upper body growth (like you) respond well to training; increasing muscle mass.

    My lower body hypertrophy training isn't very responsive.

    Ironically. my lower body is quite responsive to "Limit Strength Training", 1 Repetition Max.

    I own the Powerlifting State Record for the Squat and Deadlift.

    Kenny Croxdale
    Last edited by Kenny Croxdale; 08-12-2017 at 05:18 AM.

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