A well built upper body and trunk-like legs are a fantastic sight to drool on, however the looks not complete without those fully developed football calves! Let us see how we can establish the calves with activation and angle technique.
Calves are a tiny muscle group subject to heavy use every day, while running, walking, and even standing. This muscle group is under constant tension compared to other muscle groups in our bodies and in the process they become stubborn as they have adapted to the muscle’s continuous force with the activities mentioned above.
To activate this muscle to grow requires tension and resistance over and above what it undergoes every day. In a nutshell, the workout needs to be of very high intensity for the calves to grow. There are many different workouts with many fancy names; however, the basic movement is with one’s feet planted firmly flat on the ground and slowly moving the heel up to its max position and standing on tip toe, that is with the toe on its tip on the floor. To add some support, try and hold on to something with the hand to have a consistent movement. The key to growth is slow controlled movement and staying at the end range of motion for a few seconds. Besides, the range of motion should be slightly above the normal calves’ usable range to get all the fibres working. To take it up a level higher, try and control the speed on return motion as slow as possible to keep the muscles under absolute tension.
Try different angles, such as keeping your toes pointed straight, inclined inwards and outwards. It activates various muscle heads in the calves, which bring out the outline and volume. So don’t wait, head to the gym and get those soccer balls to pop out, whether it is your socks or stockings, it will light up the show.