Three Mistakes To Avoid When Training Your Calves

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Let’s face it, no one likes leg day. Almost every gym goer would give anything to just be able to focus on their upper body and not go through the tedious process of training their legs, but still have sexy calves and glutes.

Well, we all know that doesn’t work that way and that’s why we incorporate leg training into our routine. So, you’ve devoted just as much attention to your legs as to your upper body and they’ve begun to flourish slowly. That is, except your calves. What’s up with that?

First off, calves can be very stubborn when you’re trying to work them. More stubborn than most other muscle groups, as a matter of fact. This can be quite demoralizing and many people stop training their calves entirely because of it. Don’t give up yet, though.

If approached right, even the skinniest calves can be sculpted into raging bulls in time. There are some common mistakes and misconceptions that many people come across when trying to work their calves, so without further ado, here are some guidelines that will help you deal with them:

Don’t Do Calves At The End Of The Workout

One of the most common things people do wrong when exercising legs is that they leave the calves for the end of the workout. If you have weak, skinny calves, this is definitely something you shouldn’t do. If you expend all your energy before targeting your calves, you’ll hardly be able to muster enough strength for a full set by the end of the workout. This is not the way to go. Work the calves when you are fresh.

Increase The Number Of Reps

It’s easy to fall into a routine when exercising, however, this should be avoided. When asked how many reps you should do, the answer is almost always 10 or 15. Why stop there, we say? Why not 20, 25, 30? As much as you can? Try increasing the number of your reps (though you’ll maybe have to decrease the weight a bit) and you’ll start to see some serious pump in your calves.

Not Training Opposing Muscle Groups Equally

This goes for any muscle group, and the calves are no exception. The calf is made up of the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius makes up the inner and outer head of the calf and the soleus runs underneath it. While the gastrocnemius is activated by exercises performed when you’re sitting or standing, to target the soleus, your knees have to be bent (for example, in a seated calf raise or a calf raise without your legs locked out). Train both of these muscles equally at all times and your calves will grow stronger and bigger.

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