Honestly I think the only way to go is the DC method. I’ve tried everything for calves and DC was really my saving grace for that.
I hit the gastroc twice a week and the soleus once. 10-12 reps, squeeze at the top, 5 second negative and 15 second stretch after each rep and then you are done. Totally brutal and totally effective.
Yeah, but you’ve gotta be a couple sandwiches short of a picnic to do those right on a regular basis they are absolutely not for the feint of heart.
Another important thing to note is that just like any other muscle, you’ve got to get your calves significantly stronger if you want them to significantly grow. Doing set after endless set aiming for “the pump” or DOMS doesn’t mean squat if you aren’t consistently adding weight to the exercises.
Sure, you’ll get some swelling and the increased blood flow might make the calves appear larger immediately after the workout, but those are temporary gains. If you want permanent size gains, you’ve got to expose your calves to progressive resistance/increasingly heavier loads.
That is, unless you’re one of those bastards with great calf genetics who’s calves will pretty much grow from anything. [/quote]
haha I hear you man, I mean I’ve been working calves for about 2 years now with varying methods, frequency, volume etc and nothing really worked. I will gladly go through the pain of the DC set for the results it gives. I mean I’ve put 1/4th inch on them in about 6 weeks, which is awesome for me. Makes me a happy camper to finally find something that works for a muscle that I’ve always been insecure about.