With warmer weather on tap, it’s time to start donning the shorts soon, although today’s fashions will likely dictate that those shorts cover up your massive quads. Hopefully, your calves are developed enough to show that you are a true bodybuilder. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most guys. The problem is a combination of genetics and poor training. Stop making excuses and start putting in some sweat time on your calves. After all, you can’t hide them this summer.
The hardest part
Alternatives: Leg press calf raises with toes turned in, seated calf raises with toes turned in.
WHEN TO GO
FORM AND FUNCTION
The gastrocnemius is located on the back of the lower leg. It is composed of two heads, the medial (inner) gastrocnemius, which starts from the inner part of the femur (thigh bone), and the lateral (outer) gastrocnemius, which starts from the outer part of the femur. Both heads converge onto the Achilles tendon, which attaches to the heel bone. The gastrocnemius works to perform plantar ﬂexions, which is the scientiﬁc term for extending the ankle, such as during calf raises. — Jim Stoppani, PhD