Aside from our calves, muscles generally grow easily given enough stimulus to do so. Unfortunately, even former Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger had issues with his calves muscles early in his bodybuilding career. The good news is you don’t really have to get as big as Arnie to build an impressive set of calves. All you have to do is address the four issues below, and you’ll be on your way to calf city!
Calves Muscles | Why Yours Won’t Grow
Neglecting Your Calves Muscles
This is probably the sole reason most guys have issues with calf growth. You can’t expect them to improve if you only train them once in a blue moon. The same concerted effort you give to your favorite muscle group must also be applied to your calves muscles. The best way to implement this is by working them first when arriving at the gym for at least 2 months.
Not Using Enough Weight
Many people who struggle with building calf muscles think it is due to weak genetics. I beg to differ. As I said, Arnold had issues building his calves until he did something about it. Here’ s a quote from him in terms of building that muscle group:
“Every day you walk around. When you walk, you are using your calves. You are pushing at least your body weight every time you take a step. So, when you go to the gym and work out your calves with light weight, are you really stressing your muscles?”
So if you’ve been using 5-lb pink dumbbells to perform calf raises, I guarantee it isn’t your genetics that’s holding you back. Arnold and other bodybuilding pros do calf exercises a few times a week; about 3-5 sets of 10-15 reps with a challenging weight.
Doing the Same Old Exercises
Have you heard the expression, “Familiarity breeds contempt?” Well, your calf muscles feel contempt whenever you do seated calf raises for the umpteen time. Your big calves need variety to grow. While there isn’t exactly a plethora of calf exercises to do, there’ s certainly enough to spur growth:
- Standing Dumbbell Calf Raises
- Standing Barbell Calf Raises
- Donkey calf raises
- Ankle Circles
- Seated Calf Raises
- Calf Press Using Leg Press Machine
Okay, I admit it. Poor genetics can play a role in inadequate calves development. There are some lucky bastards who cannot even spell calves, let alone work them; and yet, their calves are chiseled to perfection.
On the other hand, there are people who work their calves first with a heavy weight and always switch their exercises up. Yet, their calves are nowhere to be found. It’s just not fair. However, don’t let your genetics discourage you. At least TRY to add muscle to your calves as suggested. While your calves may not grow as big as you desire, they will improve.
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Wondering why your calves won’t grow? Watch this video below to identify the reasons!
While there’s really not much you can do if you’re genetically predisposed to have small calves muscles, getting the other three things on this list in order should still help yours get bigger. And even if you end up unable to get them up to the size you want, training them properly will still make them stronger, allowing you to become an overall better athlete. May the above four reasons will help guide you on your journey towards humongous calves!
What are your favorite calves muscles workouts? Let us know in the comments section below!
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