thanks for that suggestion, akuma. i'll go check it out right now.
my father actually has ridiculously large calves. he played basketball in college and lifted, but for as long as i've known him he's always had monstrous calves (probably the largest i've seen irl [and he's 6' 10"]). i'm hoping i inherited those genes the same as i inherited his height, hahahaha. i've only been lifting seriously for ~6 months now so there's still a lot of time to tell (i would guess).
thanks again for all of the insight.
edit: also, my calves are 15" right now without any specific training so i hope I can get them up to where you guys have them with the right tools and methods. that calves to cows thread is great, akuma. should be stickied imo.