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Big dudes, just 1 set for calves?

Jimbo

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My calves are so far behind the rest of me it makes me sad:( . I wanna start hitting them like there is no tomorrow. I am a huge hit fan but do you just do 1 main set for calves. Here is the routine I wanna/gonna try

1 set standing calf
1 set machine leg/calf presses
1 set sitting calf machine
 

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I train them 3 times per week...

...and usually have 2-3 workouts that I use w/ one main set and 3 drops. I also do unilateral movements like one legged Calf Raises cause my left side is smaller.

RY
 

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Here's my opinion...

Your calves can take alot of abuse. In fact, comparitively speaking, your calves are in a state of constant abuse, every day. Therefore it makes sense to me that they need a heavy load of punishment to get them to grow. This is the only muscle that I train really hard once every four days. Ideally I do:

- 3 warm-up sets with increasing weight, then...
- 4 sets of (15/10/5/10 reps) standing calf raises, last two sets taken past failure.
- 3 sets of (10/5/10 reps) seated calf raises, both sets taken past failure.

- standing calf raises are sometimes swapped for standing one legged calf raises off a block.
- seated calf raises sometimes swapped for toe presses on the sled.

(*edit: oops, there were a couple typos)
 
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For me it's a pain. I do alot of running for football, so they stay hard but fluctuate in size. When I sprint they shrink alittle, and when I work on my base (distance) they swell up. But what I got going in the off season helped alot. Really basic, seated calve raises: really heavy and slow for as many reps possible. The uniform is always a pain in the ass to put on.
 

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Re: I train them 3 times per week...

Ry Roid said:
. . . cause my left side is smaller.
And I though that I was the ONLY lopsided one :)

Gonna try that testosterone workout - any other feedback?

xcel
 

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the biggest problem for people who dont have calves is that they dont train them, Jimbo i am not saying that this is u but everybody shoud read what i write anyways, lots of people complain of no calves but they never work them, if someone wants a bigger chest or arms they will never miss that bodypart in their routine but they are guilty of skipping calf workouts
 

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JIMBO............

Try DC's method. You pick one ex and blast it as follows: Say your doing L.press calf raises. Do a slow 5-7 second negative then once in the stretched position try and pull your toes back even further for a excruciating 15 seconds, then start again. Pick three ex's. Let's say L.press, standing and seated and rotate them with each w-out.
I started this about 6 weeks ago and have added 3/4 in to my calves. You will think after the first few reps it's not going to be that bad but wait til you hit the 8-10 mark and beyond. Try and make it to 12-15 reps. It's pain at it's finest!!
 

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Mr_Magoo said:
the biggest problem for people who dont have calves is that they dont train them, Jimbo i am not saying that this is u but everybody shoud read what i write anyways, lots of people complain of no calves but they never work them, if someone wants a bigger chest or arms they will never miss that bodypart in their routine but they are guilty of skipping calf workouts
You are right on the money. ITs not that I didnt want to train calves it just that I couldnt. Some thing to do with a pull/strained
mucle that left me hopeless with them 2 years. You are one smart cookie:)
 

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Genetics

You can train your ass off on calfs and never get the size you want. I know guys with 30" quads and 16" calfs when they should have 20"ers. All of the above methods work, I always go heavy and do about 6 sets 5 days a week with various reps but always heavy.
 

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Yes... well, the calves do work all day, so high reps with heavy weight it's just mre of the same - yes harder work, but still the same.
Low rep (6-8) with heavy weight HIT style, tempo 3-1-2, 100% failure works best in myself and everyone I've instructed. I do 1 warm-up set and then one work set with standing calf raise. The only reason I might do a second set if I feel that in the first one I didn't do it 100% because the foot was slipping, etc.
When I satrted training, I had 11" calves. Now they are 20" with a perfect diamond shape and they are always ripped and I always have cross striations on them when I diet. I have always been accused of having implants - reality is I have never even injected anything in them.
I'll post a pic soon.
 

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You post a pic of yours and I'll post a pic of mine I have 20" as well.
 

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I only weigh 220 Ry what size are your calfs in this pic? Last time I measured mine it said 20 maybe I was wrong because they do not look as big as yours.
 

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In that pic I was like 280lbs or so I forget and just getting off dieting. Mine I actually just measure recently cause I never measure anything were 22in and my left is slightly smaller but, have been working on it.LOL

RY
 

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Well I hit my calves like a mofo and today I cant walk with my leg straight. Hopfull with blinding intenstity, in 1-2 years they will catch up to the rest of me:D



P.S - Ry, those are some sick ass looking calves. Now that is trully impressive
 

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