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2014/11/26 10:49:26 (permalink)

Bringing my calves up - ideas needed

My legs are poor in general but I know what I need to do to bring my quads and hams up.  I've been going a bit too easy on leg training lately so need to knuckle down.
 
But my calves get trained twice a week.  Once with 4 heavy sets of seated calf raises, maxing out at 110kg, then later in the week with 3 sets of 20 reppers on the leg press using a lighter weight.  I feel I've done these exercises to death, can't progress anymore (eg, this is the heaviest I can lift), but yet don't feel like I'm hitting the calves hard enough.
 
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 11:20:53 (permalink)
    More volume, lower the rest period, train them more often. You could train 5 times a week if you wanted. My calves are pathetic, have very high inserts so will always look fairly gash.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 13:07:02 (permalink)
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    My calves are pathetic, have very high inserts so will always look fairly gash.





    My calves, in fact my legs, will never be great as they are naturally long and thin.  But as my top half is growing during this bulk, my legs are seriously starting to look unbalanced and my calves are the main issue.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 13:21:51 (permalink)
    There's only about 0.5-1 inch difference between my upper arms and calves,  yet people comment how big my arms are and how small my calves are.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 13:39:24 (permalink)
    Try this mate.
     
    James 3 min Calf Workout.
     
    http://www.muscletalk.co....cles/calftraining.aspx



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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 13:57:08 (permalink)
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    Try this mate.
     
    James 3 min Calf Workout.
     
    http://www.muscletalk.co....cles/calftraining.aspx




     
    I remember seeing this before and was looking for it.  Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 14:04:39 (permalink)
    There's no real secret to growing calves. Either you have good genetics for them, in which case you don't even need to train them at all, they'll be decently sized before you touch a weight and they'll grow from general leg work and cardio, or you don't have good genetics for them and you'll need to train them A LOT just to get them a little bigger.
     
    Work them every day if you must, 3-5 sets of fairly high reps (I usually try to hit the 15 mark), with a full stretch and squeeze on every rep. Generally you know how good a set of calf raises was based on how much pain you're in by the last few reps lol
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 14:41:39 (permalink)
    Thanks guys.  I'll try Jame's routine out and generally put more effort in.  I mean, a 110kg seated calf raise isn't bad, but I've been stuck on that for months and it doesn't exactly leave my calves burning.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/26 15:56:51 (permalink)
    Incorporating some sprints and plyometric would work well as well. Both are pretty powerful calf developers.

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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/27 09:26:08 (permalink)
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    Incorporating some sprints and plyometric would work well as well. Both are pretty powerful calf developers.


    I'm really into my running...... which no doubt hinders my leg progress all round, but I do a fair bit of sprint work anyway.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/28 07:54:10 (permalink)
    Calves are a bit like abs in that they're one of those muscle groups that are very hard to get doms in if you train them regularly.
    I'd suggest doing the reps nice and slow. Full range. Good stretch at the bottom and strong squeeze at the top and loads of sets! ie: 10+ so you may have to drop the amount of weight as you go. You want to be walking a bit funny out of the gym.  Stretch them between sets too to get that blood right in there.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/28 08:15:49 (permalink)
    Almost everyone I see doing calves(which is almost no-one ) bounce through their sets. Avoid.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/28 09:42:25 (permalink)
    brittas
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    My calves are pathetic, have very high inserts so will always look fairly gash.





    My calves, in fact my legs, will never be great as they are naturally long and thin.  But as my top half is growing during this bulk, my legs are seriously starting to look unbalanced and my calves are the main issue.


    You say they'll never be great but you squat 70 kg. When you smash them hard and heavy, allow yourself to gain some weight without ****ting a brick about losing your abs you'll end up gaining.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/11/28 12:52:25 (permalink)
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    My calves are pathetic, have very high inserts so will always look fairly gash.





    My calves, in fact my legs, will never be great as they are naturally long and thin.  But as my top half is growing during this bulk, my legs are seriously starting to look unbalanced and my calves are the main issue.


    You say they'll never be great but you squat 70 kg. When you smash them hard and heavy, allow yourself to gain some weight without ****ting a brick about losing your abs you'll end up gaining.



    Point taken!
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/01 08:57:12 (permalink)
    redwing
    Try this mate.
     
    James 3 min Calf Workout.
     
    http://www.muscletalk.co....cles/calftraining.aspx




    Tried this today and it was a killer.  I must admit, I didn't go heavy enough.  Was still brutal but I know I can go heavier.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/12 21:36:56 (permalink)
    I struggle with calves too and have tried everything. sometimes ya develop bad technique over time on some exercises without noticing this. One I noticed with myself was on the seated calf I was holding onto the handles tightly through every rep and assisting by pulling on them, since letting go of the handles altogether the pump in my calves is so more intense and the doms much worse.
    Another thing is you will see most people rock onto the outside of their feet when performing a calf raise but to get a full contraction ya need to keep the pressure on the inside (ball) of your foot at all times.
    its an on going battle for me but ill never give up trying :)

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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/12 22:05:29 (permalink)
    I have really bad calfs ive had so many breaks in both legs I do them twice a wk
     
    Standing press off the smith machine tip toe on a block then press away
    Seated calf press
    Seated horizontal calf press
     
    I just do them change the reps and weights
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/13 06:19:31 (permalink)
    This exercise is a winner too...
     


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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/14 11:45:29 (permalink)
    Also don't do them as a finishing exercise where your physical and mental energy will probably be low.
    Start with them or just do them on their own.
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    Re: Bringing my calves up - ideas needed 2014/12/19 06:00:43 (permalink)
    Just keep eating protein and training.  The body takes years to grow and develop mature muscle. 
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