We’ve all heard the jokes about the v-shaped guys who avoid leg exercises in the gym. However, if you’re one of the unlucky few who even after years of squats, lunges and various calf exercises still have skinny calves, all is not lost.
Genetics generally determine whether you’re a heavy set person or someone on the skinnier side. This includes your calves when discussing the lower body. Unfortunately, there isn’t much anyone can do to increase bone density, but where there is muscle, there is always the opportunity for growth with the correct training and nutrition.
Calf muscles are actually quite resilient due to the day to day pounding they take supporting our body weight, which is especially true if you’re on your feet all day. In light of this, it takes more work to build calf muscle mass than any other muscle group such as your back or chest. It takes a dedicated approach to ensure muscle growth in this area, starting with the calf exercise tips below:
The calf exercises above are a good starting point. Also keep in mind that various sporting and cardio activities can be great for building calf muscles. These include cycling (off seat), sprinting, and utilizing stairmasters, stepmills and even treadmills. With treadmills, you can try walking backwards or use them normally with a steep incline. If you found that any of these tips worked for you, or you have a few of your own, please comment below.