You might find your calves muscles are
growing, but not proportionately; certain areas are lagging behind. The
answer in calf training is the same as with any other body part - you
choose specific calf exercises to help correct the imbalance:
Develop Lower Calves Muscles
Do additional sets of Seated Calf
Raises to develop the soleus muscle of the lower calf - that V look in
which the muscle descends down to the Achilles tendon.
Bend the knees slightly when doing
Standing Calf Raises to bring the lower calves muscles into the
movement. This works calves muscles well if you do partial movements at
the extreme bottom of the range of motion - your heels almost touching
Develop Upper Calves Muscles
Standing Calf Raises with special
emphasis on the top part of the range of motion, especially when you
hold yourself in a full contracted position at the top of the Standing
Calf Raises movement.
Emphasis on the inside of the Calves
Do sets of every one of the calf
exercises with toes turned outward.
Emphasis on the outside of the
Calf Raises with toes turned inward.
One Calf Too Small
Add on two extra sets of One-Leg Calf
Raises for the smaller calf. Your two sets could be Standing Calf Raises
on one leg while holding a dumbbell in your hand, and to bring up the
lower calf, Seated Calf Raises performed one-legged. In fact, most calf
exercises can be adapted to a one-leg movement. Just be sure to use
enough weight to really stimulate the muscle you want to bring up.
Develop front of the Calves
Developing the tibialis anterior
creates a split that makes your calves look extra wide from the front.
Doing Front Calf Raises can make the calves look an inch bigger. This
exercise helps to separate the outside from the inside and creates a
wide look that sheer calf size alone cannot accomplish. Therefore, this
muscle needs the same attention that the others get - a full 4 sets of
intense training and plenty of stretching.
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