We all want great calf muscles, but nature if very often kinder to some of us than others, right? Many times we have seen athletes at the top level of professional bodybuilding, with contest-ready 22-inch biceps and thighs that make the ground shake when they walk – all stacked upon a pair of funny looking twig calves which are dwarfed by the untrained calves of those in the audience. It’s a cruel irony of life that the athletes blessed with the best muscle building genetics and widest frames on earth also suffer from mortal sub-par calves much of the time, particularly among African-American bodybuilders.
It’s always the little things in life that we tend to overlook, those minute details that tend to make all the difference in the long run. Training in the gym is no exception. Think about your standard week in the gym. You have a chest day, a back day, a shoulder day, an arm day and a leg day. You train with heavy compound movements, focusing your energies upon such exercises as bench press, leg press, squats, deadlifts, rows, curls, and more. You train to build big muscles, and as a result you tend to focus your time and energy in the gym upon the bigger muscle groups. It makes sense, right?
Because bodybuilding leg training is undoubtedly strenuous and demanding, some body builders find their leg development lagging behind merely because they do not put an all-out effort in line with it. It is common to become disillusioned concerning the development of the leg muscles. It seems brutal; nevertheless, a leg workout that gets results involves physical energy and mental push to achieve desired results.
How are your calves looking? If they are average, then you’re going to score average in shows. If they are good, then it’s very likely you’ll score great in bodybuilding competition. Calves are one of those muscle groups that are hard to develop, but very rewarding once you discover the key to doing so. While great arms and backs come and go in this sport, it is the men with great calves – the Mike Matarazzos and Chris Dickersons of the world – that are referenced decades after their retirement from the bodybuilding stage. Large and well-developed calves are very tough to develop. If you can do it, however, you’ll place yourself among the unique company of individuals who have managed to stand apart from their peers.
The Triple Shot is a training technique which allows the bodybuilder to stimulate each muscle group from the three most important angles. It’s not a super-set, which is designed for fast blood loading. And it’s not a giant set, designed for complete muscle annihilation. Rather, the Triple Shot is a technique designed to isolate the three largest parts of a muscle group, then delivering the three most effective movements for hitting these areas. The goal, of course, is the most possible muscle group stimulation leading to growth. Let’s check out routines for some of your muscle groups.
Calves are some of the hardest body parts in which to instill new growth. For many bodybuilders, the calf size and density you achieve in your early twenties is about as far as you will go. Others will find ways to boost growth later in life, when shortcomings become obvious on the bodybuilding stage. Without further adieu, when you have tried to get those calves to grow and all else has failed…
Calf training is tough, no doubt about it. Compare it to training you utilize for body parts such as chest or biceps. When it comes to those areas, you can clearly see the muscle group being stimulated. Motivation is always there because people who take interest in your training or physique will often ask to see these body parts. And since they’re visible in just about any mirror you walk past or photograph you take, you are constantly reminded of them.
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For some body parts, improvements come easy. You can train the neck for a month with simple hand exercises and add an inch to its girth. If you’ve never squatted before, doing so for six weeks will add 10 pounds to your frame, without blinking. Calves, on the other hand, are another story. You can push them as much as you want, as frequently as you wish, and they still might not grow. It takes a special combination of heavy weights and high repetitions to make the calves grow.