Calf Exercises For Ripped Calf Muscles - A Few Tips For Building Calf Muscles
The calf muscles are, in my opinion, the most misunderstood muscles in the entire human anatomy. In fact, the calf muscles are so misunderstood that many experienced bodybuilders don't really appear to understand them.
How often have you heard, for example, that if you want massive calves you must perform high reps frequently in order to increase the muscle mass?
As both an experienced weight lifter and researcher I have discovered that there is very little evidence that high repetition coupled with high frequency exercises lead to big, bulging calves. The misconception that high repetition, high frequency exercises lead to bigger calf muscles is simply a persistent myth that has been repeated so many times that it has become accepted as truth.
Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Calf Muscles
Many people I've met at the gym ignore their calf muscles altogether because they don't really see the point of developing their calves. Ignoring your calf muscles is a big mistake because strengthening your calves allows you to perform at a much higher level with nearly all of your other leg workouts, particularly squats, lunges, and leg presses.
Believe it or not your calves are actually two different muscles the most prominent of which is the gastrocnemius (try to say that five times fast!) and beneath this prominent muscle is the soleus. According to leading anatomists both of the soleus and gastrocnemius are higher in the slow twitch muscle fibers than most of your other muscles.
In layman's terms this means your calves have the potential to be developed more than your other muscles. Furthermore, this means that if you work your calf muscles like you do all of your other muscles then your calves will likely never reach their true potential.
Another mistake that people make when it comes to their calves is spending too much time on seated calf raises. The reason for this is because this particular exercise focuses mainly on the smaller of the two muscles. This doesn't mean that you should stop doing this exercise altogether, but rather, spend less time on this exercise because it doesn't yield the payoff of other calf exercises.
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