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bud4u
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20/12/2018 6:54 am  

I do calves once a week on every leg day. I usually do 5 to ten sets on them. I do regular calf raises and donkey. I can't run due to a running injury that will not be rectified by surgery until November. But my calves just won't grow. Are there any strategies any of you guys know that might be able to help me out. Thanks.

Bud


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Restless
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20/12/2018 7:31 am  

I have given up on mine. Training them or not just means a difference of 0.5 cm....


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20/12/2018 8:26 am  

I use controlled but fast pace reps. The first two or three reps I do slowly, increasing the pace for each rep, until I get to rep four ... and then I bust out at least 12 - 15 reps. I only rest about 30 secs unless the burn is too intense. In that case I rest only until the burn goes away.

10 sets: 5 on Donkey, 5 on standing calf raise.


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Aurora
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20/12/2018 9:20 am  

YES!! I have found the secret and finally added an inch to my calves this year! Ok... I didnt really find it, it was reccommended to me by my trainer

Besides drugs ....

Do 3 way supersets on the leg press.

Toes in, toes out, parallel. Do 3 sets of these for 6 reps as HEAVY as you can possibly go (I warm up with 540lbs so dont be a pussy) and each set alternate the sequence.

Try it for 6 weeks and tell me you dont see results. ROM is also important.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor
Player that struts and frets his hour Upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and
fury, signifying nothing.


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Aurora
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20/12/2018 10:01 am  

Oh... and I also hit them twice a week. The other day is drop sets on the standing calf raise and the seated.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor
Player that struts and frets his hour Upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and
fury, signifying nothing.


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Bellina
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20/12/2018 10:49 am  
Posted by: Aurora
YES!! I have found the secret and finally added an inch to my calves this year! Ok... I didnt really find it, it was reccommended to me by my trainer

Besides drugs ....

Do 3 way supersets on the leg press.

Toes in, toes out, parallel. Do 3 sets of these for 6 reps as HEAVY as you can possibly go (I warm up with 540lbs so dont be a pussy) and each set alternate the sequence.

Try it for 6 weeks and tell me you dont see results. ROM is also important.

I do the same thing. You can also do it standing on the calve machine. Burns em up!


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pumped78
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20/12/2018 11:25 am  

I had the same problem, the best to do is just mix it all up.....incorporate both heavy and light on different days...your calves should get a good response out of that...also dropsets, trisets, and giant sets....work them as hard as u would any other body part....just more often.....I prefer eod....or every 2nd day....and mine have improved remarkably...good luck

What doesn't kill me will make me stronger & wiser!!!!


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bud4u
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20/12/2018 11:57 am  

Thanks ya'll I will give you an upadate on how it has worked for me.

Bud


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Pharaohflex
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20/12/2018 6:21 pm  

One technique you can try is to pause for 3-4 full seconds at the bottome of each repitition. The elastic rebound effect in the calves is huge, and the energy can be stored for over 2 seconds. So, even if you are controlling your descent and not bouncing at the bottom, just a momentary pause will not be enough to eliminate the effect. Try pausing for a full 3-4 count, and see how your calves feel the next day. You will realize how significant the effect is.
The standard recommendations of course should not be forgotten; avoid cheating with knee flexion, go as high as possible on the positive, full range of motion, work the anteriors, do extensive stretching afterwards, etc.

Peace.


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Aurora
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20/12/2018 7:00 pm  
Posted by: Pharaohflex
One technique you can try is to pause for 3-4 full seconds at the bottome of each repitition. The elastic rebound effect in the calves is huge, and the energy can be stored for over 2 seconds. So, even if you are controlling your descent and not bouncing at the bottom, just a momentary pause will not be enough to eliminate the effect. Try pausing for a full 3-4 count, and see how your calves feel the next day. You will realize how significant the effect is.
The standard recommendations of course should not be forgotten; avoid cheating with knee flexion, go as high as possible on the positive, full range of motion, work the anteriors, do extensive stretching afterwards, etc.

Peace.

I tried this doggcrapp method and it didnt work for me.

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.
Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor
Player that struts and frets his hour Upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and
fury, signifying nothing.


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20/12/2018 7:54 pm  

I love training calves and I also tried the 'pause' method at the bottom but it didn't work for me. I prefer a build-up pace for the first 3 reps and then (not bouncing) but a controlled rapid pace to complete 12- 15 reps until the burn prevents me from doing anymore. Rest about 1 minute. Bang-em-out! Bang-em-out!

Also, the toe-out, toe-in, parallel foot position is a must. I agree!


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Adamw529
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20/12/2018 8:26 pm  

I've recently started training calves three times a week.

-Monday with just 3 sets of legpress calf raises
-Wed. 3 sets of legpress calf raises, standing calfraises, and seated calf raises
-Friday I also repeat the same as monday with just 3 sets of leg press calf raises

From doing this I have noticed a lot of growth over the past few weeks and prior to doing this I never noticed any gains in my calves at all


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neuralterego
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20/12/2018 9:02 pm  

calves will hypertrophy for all the same reasons any other muscle does. one day a week ain't enough!! up your volume man!! and your frequency. before anyone starts screaming "overtraining", just consider this... put calf training in on EVERY training day. put them at the BEGINNING of your routine on each training day. example: if you train 4 days/week- DAY ONE/THREE- 1. Calf Press (3-4x8-10), 2. Seated Calf Press (3-4x12-15)... for both, try a tempo of 3 seconds eccentric, one second pause at the bottom, and one second concentric. DAY TWO/FOUR- 1. Single Leg Donkey Calf Press (2-3x12-15), 2. Single Leg Seated Calf Press (2-3x15-25) use same tempo as previous.

After you've done those two sessions for 6 times each, change them. different set/rep scheme, different tempo, whatever...

one more thought... a bit out there, but consider it... i don't know what this running injury of yours is, but if it is effecting the innervation of the calf muscles, then they might not hypertrophy the way you hope for them to. in other words, iff you have swelling and/or scar tissue anywhere along the line of the tibial nerve, it might be hindering the muscles from firing. just a thought.


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decagod
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20/12/2018 9:35 pm  

remember this......
Everytime you take a step your one calf supports your body weight, you cant go light or once a week. as your calves do this every day of the year.........ever noticed a really fat persons calves????

Just food for thought


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godandfootball
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20/12/2018 10:34 pm  

Explode up on both your feet, lower as slow as possible with one foot. It works trust me.


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