8 Ways To Get Killer Calves

April 24, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

An ideal calf muscle’s appearance is sculpted by a number of activities.  In large part, the reason why some people have lackluster calves despite working out is because they don’t isolate the calf and only work on calves collaterally through exercises.

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Here are some exercises to build your calf muscle bigger and give it a more diamond cut.

1. Stair steppers on your toe.

2. Calf raises (rotate your foot angle)

3. Bike riding

4. Jumping Squats

5. Broad Jumps

6. Sprints

7. Lateral speed drills

8. Foot taps (in and out of spot)

As you can see in many of these movements, you are forcing your calves to work by putting pressure on the ball of your foot.  To better isolate your calves, try doing quick jumps off your “toes” using only one foot at a time.  This helps your balance and overloads your calf, helping to build bigger muscle.

Of course with all toning, to truly shred your muscle, you need to participate in cardio to burn off the fat.  The good news is cardio typically simulateously helps your calves.

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