DON’T NEGLECT YOUR CALVES!

People tend to forget to train their calves – which is a pity as a great set of calves really compliments your legs!

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Here are some basic exercises to incorporate into your weekly gym routine to build sexy calves:

1. Standing Calf Raises

You can do these a number of ways – on a flat surface (limited range of motion), on the edge of a step (this gives you a much greater range of motion), and single leg raises on the edge of a step (this is a great way to ensure both sides work the same amount, as sometimes one side may over compensate). I would recommend to do these weighted as your calves carry your body weight all day, every day so not adding weight wouldn’t addΒ a challenge.

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sing-legstandcalfraisea-female2. Seated Calf Raises

When you bend your leg, you activate a different part of your calves to when you performΒ a straight leg calf raise – so adding this into your calf routine is a must. Once again – make sure you do these weighted to add a challenge to your calf workout.

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3. Skipping/ Running

These are great functional ways to improve your calf strength and endurance – they are also great cardio workouts – so include these often!

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4. Jump Squats

Yet another awesome functional exercise that will work our calves as well as improve your explosive power.

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5. Don’t forget to stretch!

You should be stretching the muscles worked after every workout. This helps the muscle to relax and will prevent stiffness!

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