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Why Your Calves Wont Grow

Ryan Kelly

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The calves can be on of the most annoying body parts to train as a bodybuilder. If your genetics are bad, then it will be almost impossible to bring your calves up to the level of the rest of your body. By bad genetics, what I am referring to is how long your calf is on your lower leg. If your calf extends all the way down to your ankle, then you have a long calf which is relatively easy to bring up. If your calf does not extend down that far, it will be much harder to make it grow. This is the reason some bodybuilders get calf implants. If they have bad genetics implants are the only way to make their calves as big as the rest of their body.

Still, you can work your calves to be as big as they can be! If your calves are a problem first make sure that you are squatting with as much weight as is reasonably possible. Although not traditionally thought of as a calf move, the squat is the best workout for just about any muscle below your waist. Secondly, add more calf raises to your routine. All forms of calf raises work here: standing, seated, one legged, dumbbell. . . the list goes on and on. Just add more of them to your routine!

Although no amount of calf raises or squats can make up for bad calf genetics, you can gain a lot with the body you have. Work your calves hard if they are a weak point. You might even consider doing them first on leg day. Even if you do have bad genetics, you can have great calves with a lot of work in the gym!

Ryan is a 275 pound natural bodybuilder from Arizona. He runs the Muscle Building Section of Good, where he lists his favorite books for building muscle mass. Visit today to see Ryan's picks!


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