It is commonplace in the muscle building realm to attack the calves with higher rep sets. Unfortunately, this approach usually doesn’t work well for those of you with stubborn, tiny calves. For that reason, it’s a good idea to try something a bit different.
Instead of training your calves with high reps, focus on making them as strong as possible. Try using a combination of seated calf raises, standing machine calf raises (or leg press calf raises) and standing barbell calf raises. Work within the 8 to 12 rep range and perform as many reps as possible per set. When you can reach 12 reps on a set, add weight.
Use this approach on all sets, never wasting a set. For best results, use 3-4 sets per exercise, or a total of 9-12 sets for calves per workout. Calves gnerally respond well to training frequency, so it’s ok to work them in this manner twice a week.
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