GET DIAMOND-SHAPED CALVES [4 Best Exercises]




Frankly, the calf muscles are insanely stubborn and a pain to grow, which is why most people stop focusing on them altogether. Genetics and a predisposition to explosive calf growth do play a surprisingly large role in that, but equally—if not more so—calf issues are predicated, uncalculated, half nature at which most people attack the muscle group.

Because of that, they’ve become one of the biggest enigmas on the human body. People blast their calves into oblivion, with no results to show for it.
Start training SMARTER and overhaul your calf strategy. It’s a valuable investment with an extremely high return and one that’s capable of completely transforming your lower body without doing much work whatsoever.
The process is simple. Take 10 minutes of dedicated, progressive calf work onto the tail end of leg day and you’ll quickly gain muscles on the back side of your lower legs.
Do it on a regular basis and you’ll gradually build mountainous and diamond-shaped calves.

1. Calf Exercise 1: Seated Calf Raises


 Target Calf Muscle(s): Soleus

Seated Calf Raises are THE best exercise to hammer the soleus directly. They have to be a staple in any leg and/or calf workout routine.
  • (1) Load a plate machine. Sit upright with a tight core.
  • (2) Powerfully contract your calves and press up as far as possible. Hold for 1 second and lower slowly all the way down to the bottom throughout the full ROM. You should feel a deep stretch through your calves.
  • (3) Hold for 1 second at the bottom and repeat the movement.
Variation(s): If you don’t have a plate-loaded calf machine, you can easily replicate the movement by placing two dumbbells on top of your quads (the front half).

2. Standing Barbell Calf Raises



How To:

Target Calf Muscle(s): Gastrocnemius
The Standing Barbell Calf Raise is an all-around calf  training that not only hits the gastrocnemius but also works the core and cranks up the intensity.
Because it’s not machine based, you’ll have to work hard to stabilize and maintain your balance. If you want to take leg training to the next level, superset Standing Barbell Calf Raises with Barbell Squats one after another.
  • (1) Load a barbell and place 2 plates together on the floor. Stand with your feet slightly more narrow than shoulder-width, with the balls of your feet on top of the plates. The plates help increase range of motion.
  • (2) Powerfully contract your calves and press up as far as possible. Hold for 1 second at the top and slowly return all the way down to the ground. Repeat.
Variation(s): You can also do these with dumbbells, a Smith machine, or a standing squat machine, or use your bodyweight and do them with one leg.
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3. Donkey Calf Raises



How To:

Target Calf Muscle(s): Gastrocnemius
Donkey Calf Raises are an effective move to hit your gastrocnemius from an alternative angle. Because you’re bent over with weight on your back, they tend to work the core and hamstrings to a higher degree.
Some gyms have a machine that’s specifically for DCRs, that’s your best bet. You can also strap on a weight belt or load up a Smith machine. Or use your girlfriend/boyfriend.
  • (1) Set up so that there’s some type of weight positioned on your lower back. You can also place a weight plate or step under your feet to increase the RoM. Bend over to a 45º angle and keep your legs straight.
  • (2) Powerfully contract your calves and press up as far as possible. Hold for 1 second and slowly return down to the ground. Repeat.

4. 45 Degree Calf Raise



How to:

Target Calf Muscle(s): Gastrocnemius
  • (1) Load up a leg press machine and keep your legs straight. Place the balls of your feet on the platform with your heels hanging off.
  • (2) Powerfully contract your calves and press the platform up as far as possible. Hold for 1 second and release back as far as possible. Hold for 1 second at the bottom and repeat.




Source: easytips.ourfitnessguide.com