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Old 02-03-2014, 01:41 AM
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Hi guys,
I want some thoughts on the following.
A friend of mine has done ballet since the age of 9, is very slim and athletic. One thing i noticed about him is how big his calves are. Thing is:
- He has never been to the gym in his life
- Only exercise is dancing
- His calves are monstrous.

The guy is 5'7'' weighs about 9st but has 16" calves. So I asked him what he does each day for dancing. Funnily enough he spends most of his time on his toes. This got me thinking that rather than resistance training alone for calves, could we not just take this and modify it for bodybuilder use. My thoughts were 5-10 mins (being approx 75-100 repetitions) of body weight calf raises with a strict 2 second up, 2 second hold and 2 second negative. I was thinking possibly 4-5 times a week, plus a normal gym session on calves using resistance training. Any thoughts.....
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John Meadows thinks training them daily is a good idea:
http://www.t-nation.com/training/tra...lves-every-day

I would interested in trying not so much for growth but actually to build more capillary density which assists with blood flow and fat loss. My calves are a decent size but one of the least lean of all my bodyparts.
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The band raises for the tibialis look like a good addition to get more size.
So do I do the 100 body weight raises at home over a stair for full ROM. Or 4-5 times a week using resistance?
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I'd say mix it up. If you are at the gym, then throw in some calve raises with resistance, but don't make a special trip just for that on an off day. So on your off days, do the bodyweight raises at home.
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Sounds like a plan!
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So i say a proven method for me is using the slide press for calf raises with tons of weight and use a step for full movement up and down using low reps and lots of recovery time plus nutrients of course. I have some great calf routines for making them Hugh but the above really gets the mass on. Running on your toes while sprinting will also build your calfís and tone and cut them very nicely. I like your outside of the box ideas and please keep us informed as i am always adding new proven gainers to my tool box. Hope you find the perfect balance for you!
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cheers mate. Well ive trained using resistance on standing calf raises or seated raises every gym workout. At home on rest days i've done a 5 minute brutal set of body weight standing raises over the edge of a stair. So far i've gained half an inch on my calves in just over a week! 13.5" to 14.1" crazy growth.
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cheers mate. Well ive trained using resistance on standing calf raises or seated raises every gym workout. At home on rest days i've done a 5 minute brutal set of body weight standing raises over the edge of a stair. So far i've gained half an inch on my calves in just over a week! 13.5" to 14.1" crazy growth.
That is outstanding...i would say stick with that until you stop seeing muscle response then change it up. Looks like youíre on your way to some killer calves! Keep the PUMP going and just lift it! Love to see home sets in a routine. The gym isnít the only place to mold our bodies thatís for sure.
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