The Truth About Building Calves
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What's up y'all,
It's Jonny with Insane Home Fat Loss, and I've another great topic to cover today - BIG, SEXY CALVES! We all want them, but unfortunately, we all don't have them. So, let's dive in and talk about what the calf is made of, how to effectively train your calves and also bust some myths about the calves. Tips like this can get you one step closer to the lean body you've always wanted.
0:34 - Phrase 1:
"That person only has good calves because of their genetics..." FALSE
Though genetics do play a role in muscle building and how responsive your muscles may be to weight training, it does not determine if your muscle is going to grow or not.
1:31 - Another thing to consider when blaming genetics, is a person's background. The way a person walks or runs on a daily basis can affect how their body will look, and this includes the calves.
2:06 - And secondly, you should consider their athletic background as well. If a person used to be a hockey player or ballet dancer they will typically have already tones areas that need less work when it comes to their workout routine.
2:16 - Phrase 2:
"I train my calves ALL the time, and they just will not grow!"
Your routine may not be the most effective way to correctly train your calves.
2:54 - The key to building great calves is:
1) Proper form
2) Proper Technique
3) Full range of motion
3:09 - Phrase 3:
"I just have awful genetics, I'll never have good calves, why even train them."
If you never make the attempt then you'll never know. That has more to do with your drive and your ethic, if you never work it out then they'll never grow.
3:38 - The calf muscle is just like any other muscle in the body, it needs to be trained. Also, the recovery time for the calf muscle is a lot less than for other muscles in your body. This is due to the fact that you must use this muscle for getting around and walking everyday.
3:55 - The calf muscle is one that you can hit more than just 1 time a week, if you are only doing them once every 2 weeks then you are under training them.
4:10 - Listen to your body and let that determine your personal frequency of how often you should be working out this muscle group. Although you can train your calves often, give yourself a day off if you can't walk because you're so sore.
4:37 - What is the calf actually made up of?
- 2 major parts:
1) Gastrocnemius: larger muscles located near the middle of the lower leg and go to the top of the Tibia and Fibula
a) medial head (inside)
b) lateral head (outside)
2) Soleus: wide flat muscle located on the Tibia and Fibula and plays an important role in standing posture and only visible from the side of the leg.
4:57 - See here where I point out exactly where these muscles are located on your calf so you can target your desired areas when training
5:41 - As you can see, your calf isn't just 1 solid ball of muscle, it actually is made up of a couple different muscles that all need to be targeted individually for optimal results!
5:59 - Don't just stack weights on the calf machine at the gym and go to town... this will only strain your achilles tendon, making the chance of injury higher while not doing much for your actual calf muscles.
7:09 - The soleus is only used when your knee is bent, and as it starts to grow it will push the other parts of calf out, giving you that nice look we all want
7:44 - What should EXACTLY should you do to work out your calves?
Hop over to my other video, which goes through a great calf workout that is great for beginners as well as the advanced - Try it... You will be sore the next day!
Remember, it's not about how much weight you can do it's how you do it!
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