If any single muscle rates as the least developed of all muscles among all bodybuilders — it’s the calf. Stubborn and difficult to develop, it requires special attention; it must be bombed into growth.
Developing The Lower Legs
What in Larry Scott’s opinion are the best exercises for each body part?
Reminded of the calf machine in Vince’s Gym from a post by John Kunkel.
We now have over 5000 clients training on our system. It’s a lot of brain power which shouldn’t go to waste. It’s amazing what clever ideas we are encountering. I want to share a few with you.
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.
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.