If you want size and strength in your calves, you need these exercises and workouts.
Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes. Those are the usual muscle groups that come to mind you think of your leg day. But if you’re only training those muscle groups, you may not be working through a complete leg workout.
Don’t forget your calves. They’re easy to forget about in the gym, especially on serious leg days, because squats and other leg lifts will leave you tapped. But your calves are also a visual temperature gauge for how closely you’re paying attention to your leg training.
They’re your lower body’s forearm, and especially when you’re in shorts during the summer, they’re hard not to notice. And don’t forget how much they influence your performance when you go for a run, play pickup basketball, or hit the flag football field. They’re key drivers of your sprinting and leaping ability.
Calves also take a lot of time and effort to strengthen and build. Even for me, they’ve been a difficult muscle group to build. But there is a way to build stronger calves. I’ll break it down for you right now.
Your Anatomy Lesson
To some extent, you’re always training your calves when you train legs. When you look at your most popular leg moves (squats, lunges, deadlifts) it’s important to understand that they work from the ground up. In the same way you need your forearms to grip implements when you train pulling and pressing motions, you need your calves helping to create the base for your lower-body moves, an underrated point.