Calf Building 101 - Introduction!

Everyone is guaranteed an A as long as you can sit through the course and pay attention... This introduction will give details about anatomy of the calves, different parts, exercises, and workouts. Get the details right here!

A new course is available at Weik University on building massive calves. Those interested in sitting through an easy course, no need to look any further because class has just begun.

Everyone is guaranteed an "A" for the course as long as you sit through the course and pay attention (you can take notes if you wish). From there, all you have to do is take what you learned from the course and utilize it in the gym for massive calf gains.

Let's start with the basics of Chapter 1 and then get into more detail later on in the course.

Chapter 1:
Anatomy Of The Calf

-> Gastrocnemius:

    The gastrocnemius is also called the calf muscle. The muscle itself is one that is visible on the body (meaning it doesn't lie underneath any other muscles and therefore is not visible by the eye). The gastrocnemius attaches to the heel (at the Achilles Tendon) and originates on the femur (behind the knee). The calf muscle has two heads (the medial and lateral heads).

-> Soleus:

    Unlike the gastrocnemius, this is one of those muscles that I mentioned above that are not visible because it lies underneath another muscle. It is for this reason that the muscle isn't very well known among those just starting out. The medial head originates on the posterior tibia and the lateral head on the posterior fibula. These two heads unite and insert into the calcaneal tendon.

-> Plantaris:

    The plantaris is a very small muscle. The long tendon of the plantaris passes between the gastrocnemius and soleus and inserts into the calcaneus. It originates at the lateral epicondyle of the femur, just above the origin of the lateral head of the gastrocnemius.

Chapter 2:
Different Parts Of The Calf

-> Gastrocnemius:

    The function of this muscle is plantar flexion (elevating the heel). Without this muscle, it would be very hard to walk normally since you would not be able to push off the ball of your foot.

-> Soleus:

    The function of this muscle is basically the same as the gastrocnemius in that its job is to raise the heel.

    The only real difference between the two is that the soleus comes into play when the knee is bent (for example during seated calf raises).

-> Plantaris:

    This is a very weak muscle but does help aid in raising the heel (plantar flexion).

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Chapter 3:
Different Calf Exercises

Chapter 4:
Mass Building Calf Workouts

It is important to know that for many people the calf responds to higher reps. See what works for you but for most you need to be doing at least 15 reps per set.

You want to concentrate on really feeling the calf contracting during the set and get a good stretch at the bottom of the movement and a hard contraction at the top.

Do not bounce during the movement. You want to make sure that during both the concentric and eccentric part of the movement is nice and slow and controlled.

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-> Workout #6 (Smith Machine):

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Course Conclusion

When it comes down to it you want to focus on the mind-muscle connection. You should really feel each rep and feel the muscle working. If you don't feel an exercise in your calf, then you are probably doing it wrong or are using a weight that you can't handle and are using more than just your calf muscles.

Most of all have fun with your workouts. If you aren't having fun, then what's the point? Utilize what you learned in this course and see where it takes you. Good luck and see you at graduation!

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    *Weik University is not a real college and therefore this is not a real course. The materials found in this article are those of the author and will not give you college credits (sorry).*