What gets me is how damn difficult some people in this particular forum make it to actually share useful information.
Calf development is determined above all else by genetics.
‘Genetics’ don’t affect calves more than any other bodypart - it is just that it is noticed more. This blanket statement could be repeated hundreds of times for each and every individual skeletal muscle in the body.
You build calves the same way you build any other muscle group, by loading them with weights and eating a lot of calories.
While i agree with those who say many of us over complicate things - this is over simplified to the greatest degree.
This technique - if you can even call it that, as it is so vague - will only work for those who are blessed in the area of calf development. For most others it takes a hell more; trying new things - quite unlike any other bodypart IME.
Most find high intensity, high load, high volume, low rest work most useful. Myself included and as i said i am fairly well developed in the area.
Standard calf raises are as good as any other exericse, if they don’t grow your calves nothing else will.
And this is truly the cherry on top of a crap post. I like calf raises and do one version or another every time i train my calves, but by suggesting that this is all one needs is… simply put, bollocks.
Genetics will determine how big they get.
Thanks for that. You have truly defined genetics in bodybuilding there.
You will find this true of every muscle in every creature on the planet. Sure, you can argue you aren’t wrong - but neither are you accurate, useful, polite or educated in the area.
Bodybuilding is about building your body, not building your body ONLY with certain equipment in certain ways - whatever works is fine, and actually recommended periodically.[/quote]
I’m not obstructing anyone’s attempts share information. Others can post whatever opinions they want. The fact that I posted an opinion that you disagree with doesn’t make it difficult for anyone else to share information.
Nothing contained in my post implies that calves are more ‘genetic’ than other body parts. Obviously, skeletal muscle is skeletal muscle. If you’re intellectually honest enough to admit that your argument is a straw man, you’ll notice that I explicitly said you build the calves the same way you build any other muscle.
The calf raise is not the only excercise capable of building the calves, but it is as good as any other, at least for the gastroc. There is no more direct way to load the musculature than a calf raise. Doing ploymetrics sure as hell is not superior.
To check the consistency of the argument for single leg hops, why would you conclude that plyometric exercise is superior to isotonic exercise for calf development, but not for any other body part? Why would ploymetics be ideal for calf development, but not for hamstring or glue development? That implies that the calves are somehow physiologically different from other muscles, which is exactly the point you think you’re arguing against, but are inadvertently defending.
There are a lot of really insipid, retarded personal remarks in your post. “Count to 10 and blah blah blah.” I’m not going to derail the thread for the sake of a flame war, but you almost did.