Women DO look and, yes, they DO judge you for it!
You can be as strong as possible on all of the main calf lifts, but it won’t mean jack if you do not have the low insertions. Sure, they may have size, but they may just not be as noticeable. Face it, some people will have great calves and some will not. You should definitely still train them despite your genetics. Arnold had pathetic calves, but as you can see, he brought them up through hard work and dedication. You can do it too.
The calf muscle has two main parts: Gastrocnemius and the Soleus. The Gastrocnemius is made up of two heads: the medial and the lateral. These two heads will appear to form a diamond shape whenever they are fully developed. We love our standing calf raises to build the Gastrocs.
The Soleus is not visible looking at the body on the outside. It actually lies underneath the Gastrocnemius on the rear of the lower leg. The Soleus will be most active when doing exercises whenever your knees are bent. Having a strong Soleus is important to the thickness of your lower leg, helps to stabilize your ankles, and helps to protect your Achilles. This is why doing seated calf exercises are also import.
The Top 5 Best Calves Exercises
Remember, we use our calves everyday, all day, so don't be afraid to throw on the weights, GO HEAVY!!!
- Smith Machine Calf Raises
- Seated Calf Raises
- Donkey Calf Raises
- Standing single leg DB Calf Raise
- Leg Press Calf Press (Toe Push)
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