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Guide to Calve Development
For Those Stubborn Calves That Just Won't Grow
Calves are no doubt the most stubborn of all body parts to develop
for most bodybuilders. Many of them will attest to this. Although
there are a select few who have the genetics to overlook serious
calve training, most people would have to work hard to make them
their #1 body part. But never assume it is genetics alone which
makes calves so big for most bodybuilding enthusiasts. Arnold
himself had some of the best calves in the history of the sport,
and this was achieved entirely through hard work, dedication, and
countless hours in the gym on his part. Below are some tips for you
to implement in your bodybuilding training which should help you
develop the massive calves you've always wanted:
(1) Full Range of Motion
As always, in order to ensure proper and full development of your
calves, it is essential you perform all calve moves with the proper
emphasis throughout the entire range of motion. You need to lower
your heels all the way to the bottom, getting a stretch, then raise
them all the way to the top raising them high for a peak
(2) Use HEAVY weights
Yes...I know you've heard this before, in fact, you here it all
the time. So how is this any different you ask? Well, as mentioned
before, calves are probably the #1 most stubborn body part to
develop, so while training with weights that aren't super heavy may
work for some other body parts, with calves, it probably will not.
Going heavy and with a lot of intensity will probably be the only
way to get your calves to grow. You may have to treat every calve
training session like a super intense shocking session, at least,
compared to other, less stubborn body parts. Try to keep in mind
that your calves are already constantly supporting your entire body
weight whenever you are walking. Because of this, going heavier
than you might expect would be normal is actually quite beneficial.
Be sure to keep poundage high, for the highest quality of calve
(3) Cheat Reps
Since most calve exercises have a very long range of motion, when
compared to many other body parts, it is sometimes a very good idea
to cheat certain portions of the rep, for example, the middle phase
of the range of motion during standing calve raises, where you will
put the motion in a position where the most muscle fibers will be
(4) Myth: Calves Can Be Trained Daily
I'm sure you've heard this before. Probably more than once.
Truthfully, calves (and abs, another great myth) are just like any
other muscle and cannot be trained everyday without running the
risk of overtraining. There is a certain basis for this argument;
calves (and abs) are both smaller muscles, relatively, and because
of that take less time than most to recover. Calves are also used
more than other muscles because they are supporting your body
weight whenever you are active throughout the day, and are used to
more stress than other muscles, so it makes sense people can
conclude with this myth. Train calves the same way you train any
other body part, with a minimum of 72 hours rest between sessions,
then decide from there if you think you would benefit from
increasing the number of calve training sessions per week (most
importantly, make sure you can handle it).
I hope these tips help you with your future calve training. Good
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