Calves - Balance

  • fmrhugger

    Posts: 199

    Jun 08, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    My calves have always been fairly big.

    I want to get them bigger, but I also want to see the 'split more'.

    The 'outside' calf (and I'm sure it has a name) is always much smaller.

    How can I balance them out?

  • musclejames

    Posts: 52

    Jun 09, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    That is easy. I had the same problem. Just do calve raises with your toes pointed out like a v shape. Pointing your toes out will activate your inner calve muscles, and pointing them in will activate your outer calve muscles.

    It also depends on how easily your calves develop. If it is hard for you to put on calve muscle, I would do low reps, high sets.

    If t is easy for you, would do a low weight, high reps.

    I hope that helps!

  • fmrhugger

    Posts: 199

    Jun 09, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Hey thanks. My calves are 16" lately. Its the outer calves I need to work on, so I'll be pointing my toes in. Even tho I'm 59, I'm still a relatively fast gainer.

    Thanks again!
  • MisterT

    Posts: 1272

    Jun 26, 2012 10:18 PM GMT
    Varying foot position helps, also do sitting calf raises, they work the soleus more(which will help develop thickness, while standing raises hit the gastrocnemius more(which will help give outer shape and width). I also use the calf sled(or donkey raise) if it's available, the leg press machine also works.

    I didn't see a lot of growth until I started hitting heavy, and 8-12 reps/set, 7+ sets per exercise. On teh standing calf raise I usually do a light warm up(about 300lbs) and gradually increase(I add 100lbs per set) to about 900lbs, then a drop set or two.

    Everybody is different, and form is a big factor. Make sure you get full range of motion, and do the most weight you can for 8-12 reps while keeping smooth motion, if you get a little jerky, lower the weight.

    I wish you the best.