How To Sculpt And Buff Out Your Calf Muscles
Calves are oft neglected, but when it comes to warmer weather, they’re the first thing that everyone is going to see when you promenade down the boardwalk towards the beach. No one wants chicken legs but most leg exercises specifically activate all of the other parts of the leg. It can leave you looking like a real quadzilla (that’s when you have huge quads but tiny calves). So that’s why we have decided to compile a list of exercises that you can do to bring out the volume and tone in the muscles below your knees. So, let’s get to it shall we?
- Bodyweight Calf Raises: Depending on how skilled you are/how much progress you have made, this could be your warmup or your workout. All you have to do is stand up straight and raise yourself up by your calves. It is truly that easy to do. And if you’re really working with toothpicks, you might not be able to get that many of these. And that’s okay! But maybe you feel like you could bust out just about a hundred of these calf raises. Well now it’s time to move on to the next exercise.
- Weighted Calf Raises: There are so many different ways to do this. Dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, etcetera. Seriously, just as long as you are holding a weight you should be good. A great way to do it is to find a smith machine. Now load that puppy up with some weight. Now do weighted calf raises. You can rerack the smith machine, making it a far more comfortable experience.
- Jump Rope: Name the last time you actively used your glutes to jump rope. That’s right, that’s just not how you do that. You use your calves to bounce up and down. So jump rope as often as you can. This is really going to help out your calves.
Now, as you know, when it comes to building muscle, it is extremely important for you to be making health conscious choices. If you’re pounding junk food on the couch you probably won’t end up seeing the result you want. Best case scenario: you end up getting very fat, and the energy it takes to lift you up will be a workout for your calves. However, this is not recommended. Instead, what you should be doing is eating plenty of clean proteins and leafy greens. You’ll be able to find these by going around the outside of the grocery store. If you go in the aisles you’re far more likely to find all of the snack food that just won’t be good for you.
As you can see, there are a couple of different exercises that you can be doing in order to help sculpt your calves. Make sure to take a picture on the first day that you start exercising, because that will give you something to compare it to down the road when you get discouraged. Keep moving forward no matter what. And if you’re looking for more workouts, check out this one.