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Calve Building Exercises

Calve Building Exercises
07 Mar

Calve Building Exercises

The muscles of the lower leg can be very stubborn and will take a lot of volume and very heavy weight to grow.

Compound Calves Exercises

Most of the lower body exercises you do will work the calves. Here’s a list of compound exercises that work them.

  • Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Lunges
  • Step Ups

If you’re like me and have a calf weakness, then you’ll want to add isolation calf exercises to your workout plan.

Isolation Calves Exercises

Here are the absolute best isolation exercises for your calves. You may not be doing some of these, but they can really help you build a nice set of calves.

  • Leg Press Calf Raises
  • Standing Calf Raises
  • Squat Raises
  • Seated Calf Raises
  • Reverse Calf Raises

Bringing up a muscle weakness in your calves will take a lot of work. I’ve been working on mine for years and they are now very respectable.

Are calf exercises necessary?

Yes, but only to an extent. Isolating your calves with this type of movement builds a foundation of strength, especially if you are new to strength training. But, so do exercises like Squats and Lunges, which also hit other muscle groups. … Also, it’s not critical for your calf muscles to be super strong.

The Best Calf-Strengthening Home Exercises

Start standing on a stair, or similar so your heels can drop lower than your toes. Keeping the balls of your feet on the stair, lower your heels as far as you can toward the floor. …
Add weight to add intensity. Repeat the exercise holding a dumbbell or other weight in one hand.

How many times a week should I train calves?

All three of these exercises should be done to complete muscle failure Calves can be worked two to three times per week, as long as you’re giving the muscles a full two days of recovery between each workout.

In the end you will work the calves every day. This is because they need a high volume of work to grow. You will run. This is because running build big calves and because running is good for your general health. The strength work will support your explosive and endurance work and will ensure you don’t suffer injuries.


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