Calves seem to be the most overlooked body part in the lower body. Did you know it’s vital that your calves support you through every movement or you risk serious injury? You can’t even rely on upper leg exercises like squats and deadlifts to completely develop diamond calves.
Likewise, it does little good to train the rest of your body but leave your calves alone. You won’t be able to effectively stabilize the weights you’re moving and lifting outside of general workouts – meaning there’s no practical application for your muscle mass. Worst of all you will look like you’ve got chicken legs.
Some of these exercises require the use of weights while others use little more than natural physical resistance. For additional resistance in any exercise you can add additional weight by using body straps or free weights (or by increasing the resistance of a machine if one is used.)
Start working through these top 5 exercises for increasing your calf muscles to ensure that you establish and maintain a well-rounded workout.
1: Standing Barbell Calf Raise:
The number of reps you do for this exercise will vary depending on your current calf mass and workout routine. Test different ranges to see which works for the density of your calf muscles.
- Set up for the standing barbell calf raise by getting a block or step and placing it in front of you.
- Grasp a barbell and place it across the back of your shoulders.
- Stand up on the block with the balls of your feet on the edge.
- Keeping your balance, raise your heels off the floor.
- Squeeze the calves, and then slowly lower your heels back down as far as possible without letting them touch the floor.
- Repeat for desired reps.