How to get strong calves

Top workouts for strong calves

January 5, 2015

Thick, diamond-shaped calves are one of those “little” things that really change a mediocre and normal physique in to great one. Underdeveloped and immature calves, on the other hand, become a glaring weak point, especially if have already developed your upper body and haven’t payed attention to your calves, this just makes your body look more out of shape. You could be squatting 400 pounds, but if your calves aren’t developed enough, then your body will become out of proportion.

In fact, strong, developed quads and hamstrings but at the same time have underdeveloped calves then your body will not be able to produce the desired force which is required to do the task.

Here are top exercises that will keep both your wellness and tone in balance:

Standing Calf Raises

This exercise requires a dedicated machine or a calf block.The exercise requires the person to stand on the pad or machine with the balls of the feet on the calf block. Start by placing your heels lower, approximately 2 to 4 inches below the block. This will offer the best extension to your calves. Slowly lift yourself with the help of the balls of your feet as high as you’re able and when you reach the top then contract your calf muscles. Hold briefly and lower under control to repeat.

Seated Calf Raise

This is a workout that is mandatory to achieve absolute development of the calf muscles. While this movement is more or less similar to the standing calf raise, the seated calf raise targets the lower muscles of the calf.

Sit with the machine pads resting on your thighs. Again, lower your heel 2-4 inches depending on your flexibility and strength. Rise again and tighten or contract the calf muscles once you reach the peak. The repetition range for this workout and for standing calf raise, should around 10 and 20 depending on your strength and how much you can tolerate.


Box Jumps

In many lifting exercises you must have great strength in your legs. The box jump offers that, as it’s an exercise whose function is to give your calf muscles more strength and power. This exercise can teach your muscles to respond and tighten much more quickly, and will deliver some serious effects on your calf muscles.

Stand on your toes in front of a box, at the appropriate height. Climb onto the box and land again on your toes. Jump back down and repeat for 8 to 10 times. Do not use or hold weights during this exercise because you may need your hands free in order to balance and control yourself in case you trip.


These were the top workouts to get strong rounded calves. Don’t forget that exercises alone are sufficient to get muscle growth, a diet rich in protein should be followed too to get the best results.

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