I know there are a few other calves post on here, and I browsed through a few of them (most of them are about achieving greater mass in the calf area), but wasn't able to get my question answered.....
I've been lifting religiously now for close to 7 months now (yeah, I know, not long at all), but I haven't put in any calf work. I do squats, front squats, deadlifts, nat. glute-hams, leg curls, lunges, etc. Nothing to isolate the calves though.
My question is: Does working the calves contribute to the amount I can deadlift and squat? Basically, am I missing out on lifting heavier because I've been avoiding the calf muscles??