I was looking to build up my calves a few months back as they looked like match sticks.
so searched on here for a workout to bring them up and I stumbled upon this article in an old issue of muscletalker from 2003 which I now do 3 times a week, every other workout and my calves are building nicely, I no longer feel embarassed to wear shorts: http://newsletters.muscletalk.co.uk/newsletter-0103.aspx
*** Three Minute Calf Workout ***
By James Collier – MuscleTalk Moderator
I've been using this short but extremely effective workout for calves for years. Infact I use this as my main calf workout. Give it a try and let me know on the forum how you get on. Get ready for some pain though!
Standing Calf Raisers – Maximum weight you can manage for 10 reps, each rep taking 2 seconds. The last reps should be good form but heavy enough so you can just squeeze them out.
Immediately move onto a platform and hold onto something for balance and squeeze 10 more 2-second reps out but with no weight on your shoulders.
Step onto the floor with no rest, hold onto something, point your toes inwards and immediately bang out 10 quick calf raisers.
By now your calves will be hoping that's the end, but you must immediately move back onto the standing calf raiser machine, drop the weight by half and perform another 10 x 2 second reps. Again without rest, move onto the platform and perform as before, and then onto the floor and pump 10 reps as before.
Your calves will now be pumped, but you must repeat all three steps again, moving onto the standing calf machine, dropping the weight by half again and doing 10 x 2 second reps; then the platform for 10 x 2 second reps unweighted; then the floor for 10 quick reps.
All three exercises should be completed three times with no rest at all and should take about three minutes. You'll hate me afterwards, but in a few weeks you'll love me!
Be warned, the first couple of times you do this you will be in severe pain from the DOMS the next few days, I mean, serious pain...could hardly walk, or drive for that matter, but it does get easier