How to build shapely calves when nothing else works
Here’s one for the bodybuilders. Well, not just the bodybuilders of course, but this is a group more focused on body proportion than most. And, for bodybuilders, calves seem to be one of their more frustrating and perplexing areas to build.
Why are calf muscles so stubborn?
Our calf muscles have worked hard all our lives. From the day we took the first step we have been exercising those muscles daily. They are already well developed, maybe even up to 80% of their maximum size, just from walking around. So, getting the last 20% is going to take hard training and even then, they may become stronger and more efficient but not much bigger. You can thank your genetics for this.
Genetics play a big part in the size of the calves to start with, and in the way muscle builds in response to weight training. So, if you have short muscle bellies and long tendons you may struggle to make any difference to your slim calf muscle no matter how much you train them. But don’t give up! There is plenty of advice for calf-focused exercise online to help you reach your natural “maximum” growth no matter what genetic group you belong to.
How to get bigger calves when all else fails
Fortunately, for those whose calves have reached their training plateau and refuse to grow anymore, there is another option. Calf augmentation. Silicone implants inserted into the lower leg to create a more defined muscular appearance. This procedure is very popular with bodybuilders, transforming those skinny lower limbs into shapely, balanced legs.