[quote]Charlie Horse wrote:
Thank you for your response guys! even at my slimmest, my body was quite lean but my calves were definitely big and muscular!
Just got to live with them I suppose! [/quote]
I think that’s it really.
I have big muscled calves too and it doesn’t matter if I focus on them or ignore them. Weight-loss never made a difference for them either.
It does make boot buying very frustrating though. :-/
I have quite a concentrated lump of muscle right at the top and the bottom half is quite slim, i’ve been speaking to a few people who’ve advised me that I need to stretch the muscle so it’s not so contracted, so elongate the muscle so it looks less bulky! guess this in the pilates sphere although i do hate the idea of those classes!
I can find boots luckily but some look awful! I hate wearing leggings without my long boots as my calves look so muscular and unfeminine!
lets just be positive though! we have strong legs hehe smile :)[/quote]
I doubt most women unless they were once very very overweight for long enough that the calves grew as a response; would ever actually have a need to reduce calf muscle. Once the fat and water retention are lowered, I think you will find that while it will still be the same amount of physical tissue most of what appears to be muscle will shrink noticeably.
Keep in mind men do not want stick legs and most of what we see in the media is not accurate.
But to the best of my knowledge.
If you are unable to reduce the muscle by the normal methods, overworking during dieting or catabolic state (running fasted) then the next simple option is to lose total body weight: the best way to build and maintain calf muscle is to apply constant moderate volume to it.
You can see a majority of calf hypertrophy from simple loading from everyday walking activities. This makes body weight the primary factor in how much stimulus will be applied per repetition.
I see more calf hypertrophy from supporting increased body weight+high daily activity, than any specific gym exercise.[/quote]
Thanks for your response!
the trainer who examined my legs said that I had a lot of contracted muscle and very little body fat on my calves but I did tell her that on previous diets in the past I’ve lost about half an inch on them but that’s all it’ll go - and they still look big! I’m guessing the half inch is the water/fat you mention
I don’t do specific calf muscles exercises, but I exercise a lot and I walk every where - I don’t drive ever so a lot of indirect work going on.
I don’t think I’ll ever be stick thin nor do I want to be, I quite like my curves! but I would like to make my calves look more balanced, there is definitely a big lump of muscle there which needs to be lengthened and it has to some extent got to do with genetics, all my siblings have the same muscly calves! lol
Sorry you also mention the normal methods one of which was over working during dieting…what do you mean by over working? and what kind of exercises?