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« Reply #75 on: January 28, 2013, 04:56:35 PM »

got to admit never heard this advice before.. Roll Eyes

Don't roll ur eyes at me. My calves are bigger than your head.
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« Reply #76 on: January 28, 2013, 05:02:01 PM »

Don't roll ur eyes at me. My calves are bigger than your head.
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« Reply #77 on: January 28, 2013, 08:15:55 PM »

leg press stretch and flex are one of my fav's...sometimes those supersetted with seated calf raise slow reps 10/10 each ...
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« Reply #78 on: January 28, 2013, 08:31:59 PM »

when i work calfes i start of with a rep scheme in mind...20 reps is my normal rep range, i then after my first set get into failure and do partial reps and i lose count..i just concentrate on the muscle and feeling.
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« Reply #79 on: January 28, 2013, 08:37:15 PM »

when i work calfes i start of with a rep scheme in mind...20 reps is my normal rep range, i then after my first set get into failure and do partial reps and i lose count..i just concentrate on the muscle and feeling.
partials are great for calves due to load and stress to be put upon them,,just no bouncing rapid bullshit.....
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« Reply #80 on: January 28, 2013, 08:39:12 PM »

partials are great for calves due to load and stress to be put upon them,,just no bouncing rapid bullshit.....
yes of course itīs advanced for people who have a good knowledge of training AND their body.
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« Reply #81 on: January 28, 2013, 08:43:17 PM »

yes of course itīs advanced for people who have a good knowledge of training AND their body.
Grin,,,we should write a book,,,,,
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« Reply #82 on: January 28, 2013, 08:57:32 PM »

Grin,,,we should write a book,,,,,
that would be great and  maybe get Frank Zane in there... Grin
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« Reply #83 on: January 28, 2013, 09:05:53 PM »

that would be great and  maybe get Frank Zane in there... Grin
now where talking...
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« Reply #84 on: January 29, 2013, 06:57:42 AM »

some people trained them hard like robby robinson but never got great calves . . some have great calves like dicklerson but weak arms . so nobody perfect even lee haney calves were not that great . he was mr olympia nevertheless . go outside the gym for calves . volleyball and mountain running help . so jumping with a light barbell . superset wit regular calf raises .
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« Reply #85 on: January 29, 2013, 07:06:00 AM »

some people trained them hard like robby robinson but never got great calves . . some have great calves like dicklerson but weak arms . so nobody perfect even lee haney calves were not that great . he was mr olympia nevertheless . go outside the gym for calves . volleyball and mountain running help . so jumping with a light barbell . superset wit regular calf raises .
jumping squats is a very forgotten exercise.. i think jumping rope every day helps me a lot too.. i always do them bare feet and use a leather rope which i have had for years. It stings a bit if the rope hits your toes but it makes me more aware of correct form !!
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« Reply #86 on: January 29, 2013, 07:12:47 AM »

love my old rope...


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« Reply #87 on: January 29, 2013, 10:22:22 AM »

Agree with brother Cold; bare feet, meaning no socks or slippers either. Better grip & feel for a true full stretch. Good Luck.
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« Reply #88 on: February 19, 2013, 08:21:02 AM »

that SAID ... arnold said in his booklet on legs that the calf is the prime muscle of the leg . so mny years ago .. big thigs are easier to achieve . for most .
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« Reply #89 on: February 21, 2013, 05:21:52 PM »

high reps for calves
look at the calves of cyclists
they all have outstanding calves
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« Reply #90 on: February 21, 2013, 08:21:51 PM »

MODS: can we finally merge this with the calves sticky?
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« Reply #91 on: February 24, 2013, 08:31:19 AM »

1. Go to football stadium

2. Run 100% effort up stadium steps. WALK down.

3. Do this 3 times per week about 7 to 10 times per session.

Calves will pop in three weeks.
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« Reply #92 on: February 25, 2013, 01:06:06 PM »

1. Go to football stadium

2. Run 100% effort up stadium steps. WALK down.

3. Do this 3 times per week about 7 to 10 times per session.

Calves will pop in three weeks.

Now that i think about it, my calves grew quite a bit when i started doing stadium runs and wind sprints a few years ago.


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« Reply #93 on: February 25, 2013, 04:28:47 PM »

Now that i think about it, my calves grew quite a bit when i started doing stadium runs and wind sprints a few years ago.


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Yea man. I worked with a guy who was 56 YEARS OLD. We hit the stadium steps twice a week for a month and walla, way improved calves plus sliced hams/quads.

This dude is/was a nattie. And yes I'M CERTAIN.

Imagine how  a younger, gassed trainee would respond. Wink
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« Reply #94 on: February 26, 2013, 06:14:11 AM »

Yea man. I worked with a guy who was 56 YEARS OLD. We hit the stadium steps twice a week for a month and walla, way improved calves plus sliced hams/quads.

This dude is/was a nattie. And yes I'M CERTAIN.

Imagine how  a younger, gassed trainee would respond. Wink
i know a few older guys who are very fit and could embarrass a few guys here.
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« Reply #95 on: December 20, 2013, 08:05:21 AM »

mr olympias lee haney and even ronnie never had amazing calves . yet they share 16 olympias titles . . waller had great calves and never won an O...
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« Reply #96 on: December 20, 2013, 10:08:26 AM »

As mentioned before, do calves bare footed. Allows a better toe grip and a better stretch. Do calf exercises one foot at a time. Include wind sprints, at a full pace. 4 to 6 sets. Stadium steps included. Try running in looses sand, a real killer for calves, as is hill running.

Seen a very few guy's run backwards  (short distance of course) for calves, but don't really recommend it. Also seen some squat while standing on their toes. Requires developing balance at first.

There is the old one day program, which has seemed to work well from what I've been told. I've mentioned this before, probably in this thread...which I don't want to go back to and read everything again.

Example: Use the one legged calf raise (DB optional) and do 1 or 2 light sets of 12-15 reps. Doing this every hour, on the hour, throughout the day. Probably get in 6 to 8 sessions on that day. Don't want to force the reps, never going to the point of failure. Just want an all day pump in the calf area. More blood, more muscle..as the old BB'ing saying goes. The calves can become very "worked" and pumped on this stye of training. Usually a 2 or 3  times a week, this being the only calf exercise done for them.

This type one day program originally was designed for arm work. Again, seemed to work for a lot of guy's and increases in arm size. A few others, not so much.  Truth be told, nothing will work for everyone the same way. Even 'roids can work minor miracles  for some or nothing much in improvement for others.  Good Luck
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