Five Moves for Bigger Calves

Calve may not be the perfect or the sexiest part of your anatomy. However, if it is properly toned and trained in a proper manner, it can draw a lot of attention and boost the power of your leg and calf muscles. The best part is it is not so difficult for buffing the calves. It requires to follow some simple and easy guidelines from your side and you would be climbing up and down the stairs in no time and would simply feel happy about it.

Our calf muscles are made of three parts- gastrocnemius, soleus, and the Achilles tendon. While the tibialis anterior is one of the muscles which is not included in the front leg muscles, it is an important calf muscle.

Bent Knee Calf Raises

There are various kinds of calf raises which can be done at the gym or home. Basically, these are exercises which are quite simple to do and increases the calf size and strength. The bent knee calf raise helps in providing the required strength to the muscles which is the smallest of the two calf muscles. For this exercise, you need a workout machine and use one from the gym. Otherwise you can use a chair at your home keeping a barbell or the any other kind of weight on your knees.

Straight Knee Standing Calf Raises

Some may feel that this would not make any kind of difference, but the seated calf and straight knee would raise the various kinds of the calf muscles and therefore it is important that you keep it in your workout. Here you need to be sit straight keeping the knees standing. This exercise can be done at home or gym. Now since you are standing for such calf raise, it would be stimulating the major gastrocnemius which is more important than the soleus.

Unilateral Training

Here it implies that you need to train one muscles at a given time. Basically, it is quite essential for doing this one sided workout strategy where you would have to switch sides at occasional times in this workout session. This would zeroing one leg at a time.

Protein Balance

Now regardless of what muscle group you are trying to develop or built, it is important to have a healthy dose of good amount of proteins in your diet. There are various sources from where you can get proteins like fish, diary, meat, etc. Bodybuilders often use protein shake drinks while doing heavy weight training.

Hill Training

As we all know and some may feel that it is quite fun, hills do represent an effective means of building and developing quick muscles. Just find out for a hill which is around 50 to 200 yards (i.e. presumably about 45 to 182 long) Such exercise helps in improving the power as well as the strength of the given leg muscles. Just think about it, running up to a hill at a given speed and strength is quite interesting and healthy too. All you have to do is continue this momentum and at the end you can develop the required calf muscles which you always wanted.


Saravavan Nadarajan (Vanan)

Vanan, fitness expert and leader at EzFit Singapore, specializes in holistic training—home-based, boot camps, and corporate fitness—with over a decade of industry experience.

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