OK, SO... A few people have pm'd me about calves and I see the topic pop up on occasion. I think most people neglect their calves and I dont know why, summer is here and in shorts you see em all day long. Brit chick mentioned that she has recently started training calves 3 times a week, great, they probably look awesome. Shes on to the secret.... calves and forearms can be trained almost every workout.There, thats it. Easy way is to just do calve raises in between sets of whatever else your working. Simple really, my buddy who just competed and placed 2 nd is black and had a problem with his calve developement, no one wanted to listen to me about how to train them but he tried for a few months my program, bammmm, calves look 3 times better. Try it people. I have pics in my gallery that are unpumped but flexed .Proof. Same with forearms, just throw em in at the end of your workout and watch it happen.Oh and I forgot, you gotta hit the calves heavy heavy about once a week on the machine.Theres another little technique that I use when doing one leg calve raises, at the top of the raise bend your knee forward, takes practice but just cuts the calves up like you wouldnt believe, mits a solid trick and now I love wearing shorts cause you know people be lookin! Thanks and I hope this helps someone.
I just do them one leg at a time until it hurts too much then the other. Dont know an exact number. Sometimes I do both feet turned in and then feet turned out.Pretty much to failure and lots and lots of sets. I throw em in while resting whatever part Im working.Gotta hit them lots cause you use them all day anyway, so you gotta shock em to make em grow I find. Whats your tricep workout like?
It's impossible for me to train calves more than once a week. I hit them really hard on leg day, 4-6 sets of 10-25 reps. The next 2-3 days after leg day, i cant walk...seriously i cant. I am limping all over the place and it's so sore i cant even walk normally.
It weird though, once i am walking around a lot, it starts to get easier. However, when i sit down or wake up from a nap...it goes back to the extreme soreness and takes a while to stand up straight and really stretch them out so i can walk.
well my calves suck so im going to start trying do them more frequently as 19inch suggests. too bad my chiropracter just told me to stay off my foot for 2 weeks
as for my tricep workout, i get asked that a lot, and the big difference i see between me and everyone else is i never really do press downs. most of y'all press down your life away. i get a lot more out of skulls (actually i dont do skull crushers anymore, i use dumbells and do the same movement with a rear extension included) and overhead dumbells presses. also for some reason ive always been a strong dipper, and in my dip routine i usually end doing 1-2 sets of 8 with 135 extra pounds strapped on. i think that seriously hammers my tri's because when i fall off the apparatus after doing those final dip sets my arms are swollen up like balloons.
also if you were to read a lot of advice given here and everywhere my routines would be considered serious overtraining. so who the hell knows
If your pushing up through your heels on squat would it still be working your calves at all? I feel like it wouldnt really help.
pushing through the heels is just an expression people use to get you to sit back into the squat and not drift forward, risking injury or loss of control. In order to get out of the hole on a squat you have to plantar flex the ankle. There is no way around it.