How To Train Stubborn Calves

A former student of yours told me you advice working stubborn calves every day. What exercise do you recommend on the off day?

I was also told that you do not work the calves maximum every day, but merely pump the calf on the off day. Is this information correct?

Your information is correct. The stubborn calf must be worked maximum 3 days a week and pumped 3 days a week. The following exercise is the one I recommend.


This exercise calls for a 4 inch calf block.

Assume position on calf block, with the balls of the feet spaced about 6 to 8 inches apart. Hold onto a table, pole, or lean against the wall with the arms outstretched.

Raise the left heel until the calf is fully contracted. At the top of the motion, bend the knee and shift the weight to the right leg and lower on the right leg. Raise on the right leg, and at the top, or contracted position, bend the knee and transfer the weight to the left leg and lower with this leg.

This is a very concentrated peaking exercise, and I know of no other gym in the country that teaches it.

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