It is harder to develop muscular calves for the for the vast majority of men who work out on a regular basis, than almost any other body part.
Now, most personal trainers work with a wide variety of people with widely differing genetics. It seems that no matter what training protocol is followed, people either seem to have great calves or they don’t.
Some clients, in particular gymnasts, never train calves but have big calves that are larger than most professional bodybuilders.
Other people seem to never be able to get their calves to grow no matter what they do.
There isn’t a lot in most training manuals for people who have this problem of not being able to build muscular calves.
It is also important to remember that there is a difference between muscular calves and big calves.
Why does this appear to be an area where progress seems to be determined more by genetics than by effort?
Well for the most part the majority of personal trainers, bodybuilders and general fitness enthusiasts fall into the category of people who can’t build big calves. Or at least the majority of these people find that the effort always outweighs the reward.
Genetics do play a role in this problem however you can have big calves if you follow a few simple rules.
It is frustrating when you meet people who never work out but have awesome, well-developed, big calves, it just doesn’t seem fair does it? Nobody ever said life was fair when it comes to building muscle.
The good news is that if you use a variety of calf exercises including all of the basics such as donkey calf raises, straight leg raises, seated calf raises, etc. you too can have the muscular calves that you desire.
One of the keys to remember when trying to build big calves is that you must train them a lot more than you would most other body parts. A lot of bodybuilders who have smaller, weak calves will train them twice a day in order to achieve the size, strength, and definition they need.
It is a method that works.
They will train calves twice a day, always at the beginning of their regular workout, and then again at night. They will perform heavy sets and work way past the point of fatigue. This will help the calves to grow significantly.
However, as soon as most competitive bodybuilders go back to regular calf exercise training they will lose the size almost as quickly as they put it on.
Part of the challenge is, as you may already know, protein synthesis is enhanced when the muscle is challenged beyond the stimulus gets accustomed to. For someone who just starts working out, chest muscles, back muscles, shoulders and triceps will develop quickly.
The difference between what these muscles were doing and what they’re going to do in most Weight Training Programs is a dramatic difference. Most of the skeletal muscles can rest adequately throughout the day, even with activity.
The calf muscles, both the soleus and gastrocnemius are used so often, every time we walk, that this stimulus has to be heightened significantly if under developed calves are going to be prodded to grow.
You may find that the best results come from mixing heavy calf raises such as donkey calf raises and the other Calf Exercises mentioned earlier, and reaching failure at no more than 12 reps with very high reps movements.
For most it seems that if you try to focus on only one training strategy, your growth will stagnate. If you mix your training exercises adequately you will find the results you want.
You may notice, looking at a lot of different types of people in the workforce such as delivery drivers, they have muscular calves. If you think about it you can easily realize that they’re not only walking but they’re staggering their workloads.