Try these Calf Exercises to turn those Wimpy Calves into Beastly Bulls
The calves can be a very frustrating muscle.
Sometimes all calf exercises seem useless as your calves just won't grow. To make matters worse, we all know someone that was blessed with full fledged bulls in place of calves, despite never spending time in the weight room. But fear not our baby-calved fellow lifters—we're here to help.
Shut up and let me skip to the exercises!
The calves are a very different muscle than most in the body. Here are a couple things to keep in mind during calf workouts and training.
- Your calves were built to move and bear the load of your heavy ass body all day.
- Nearly all weight training exercises for your calves involve raising the heel, the primary function of the calves. But your calves have been performing this primary function daily, since you could walk, with increasing body weight.
These moral of the story is that the calves adapt to training easier than most muscles and recover quickly because they've always had to. So, if you're sprinkling in a few half-ass Calf Raises
each week, you're probably not doing enough.
Focus on Compound Leg Exercises
For the best results, focus on our Best Leg Exercises,
like Barbell Squats
instead of isolating your calves for multiple sets and reps. Our Best Leg Exercises,
allow you to use more weight and secondarily target the calves.
Increasing these lifts will help you build a stronger foundation and overall strength and will be much more beneficial than all the Calf Raises
in the world.
The Calf Exercises
Leg Exercises by Primary Muscle Trained
If you're through with calves but want to access more weight lifting exercises, head to our Weight Training Exercises main page
or link directly to all of our Leg Exercises.
In addition to our calf exercises, our Leg Exercises
are broken down in to the following pages:
The Most Popular Leg Exercises:
Rather than viewing exercises by primary muscle, check out these popular Leg Exercises. Each page links to all of the variations of these popular lower body exercises.
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