The seated calf machine is a wonderful exercise for building the soleus muscle. Which is the part of the calf that lies across the back of the calf and along the outside.
Developing The Lower Legs
For years I’ve heard in order to build the inner calf, turn the toes in and turn them out for outer calf. Obediently, I’ve gone along until I grew frustrated with poor response.
If your calves aren’t getting larger, I’d suggest training them on a three-day cycle. Do a heavy workout the first day, a short pumping session the next and rest them completely the third day.
I remembered that legendary trainer Vince Gironda used to demand that people at his gym train calves barefoot.
This exercise calls for weight belt with a heavy dumbbell hung between the legs, and a 3-1/2 inch to 4 inch calf block.
Calves must be worked in a different way, as Vince quickly found this out since the calves are the only muscle that is directly worked every time you take a step and walk.
What makes a calf muscle look spectacular is the smallness of the knee and ankle?
Toe raises, for instance, performed where you raise out on the toes instead of up on the big toe and ball of the foot with the heels coming together produce not only a bow-legged look, but stretches the structures of the feet and weakens the arches.
A former Vince Gironda student told me to work stubborn calves every day. What exercise do you recommend on the off day?
How can I build my lower legs so that they are in line with my 28” thighs?