When Team Bodybuilding.com athlete Jake Alvarez walks into the room, you immediately notice two striking features: an eye-catching tattoo snaking across his left pec and down his arm, and a pair of killer calves coveted by much of the Bodybuilding.com staff. He didn't get these glorious baby cows—er, calves—by accident. He methodically attacks them (calves, not baby cows) from all angles with specific calf exercises.

You can only curse the limitations or celebrate the advantages of one's genetics for so long: At some point, you just have to train hard and take your calf game the extra mile with a targeted workout. Check out the video, and follow along with Jake as he takes you through three of his favorite exercises and shares his calf-growing secrets.

Jake Alvarez's Calf Workout
Standing Calf Raises
4 sets, 8-12 reps
+ 3 more exercises


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Let us know in the comments below how you feel after the workout! If you have a killer calf workout, share those exercises and tips, too!

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