Exercise Details (Men’s Calf Workouts)
Body Part: Legs
Target Muscle: Calf
Category: Exercise for men
Most of the Bodybuilders these days have become obsessed with building calf muscles for men at home, because the way they finally shape up is really attractive and shows off the strength and power of that person.
The adoption of men’s calf workouts not only helps in balancing your appearance, but it is also a key to gaining the ability to withstand huge weights from any type of exercise.
In addition, it plays an essential role in any sports activity such as cycling, running, football and basketball which makes it easier for you to perform them.
Before jumping directly to the details of the exercises, it is better to understand the structure of the muscles, its components and benefits, it will help you to realize how to exercise in the right way, In order to build the calf muscles and avoid wrong movements to protect ourselves.
Calves Muscles Anatomy
There are several names for these muscles (Calf or Calves) both are often common and used names.
Calf Muscles help propel you forward and upward in fiery or high-response activities. The two main muscles involved in any calf exercise are the Soleus and Gastrocnemius.
The Gastrocnemius muscle is the main muscle that you can clearly see in a person’s calf, Located at the back of the calf, It will look thick and well toned if you practice it.
On the other hand, Soleus is hidden deep within. Both muscles work together for the functions of moving and supporting the leg and helping you flex your foot.
Benefits of Calf Muscle Workouts
There are many benefits to calf exercises for men, which target the lower leg and blast your powerful muscles. Here is a list of the main benefits:
- The calf muscles are responsible for the plantar flexion of the ankle joint. The plantar ankle flexor can stabilize the ankle under loads and running.
- Calf exercise may avoid calf pulls in the legs day. When you lift large weights in an exercise, your calf receives the most attention.
- Calf muscles provide stability in your knees and ankle joints.
- Calf exercises increase the speed of short sprints with the response pace.
- Toned calves are always attractive. In bodybuilding competitions, calves are of paramount importance. Calf exercises give you a better body shape for your legs.
Before starting the exercise, it is recommended to use knee pads when performing any leg exercise, be it the thigh or calf. To reduce the occurrence of any dislocation of the bone in your knee or damage muscle tissues.
How to Warm Up Your Calf Muscles?
The last step, definitely before starting any muscle building, is to warm up the muscle fibers before an intense workout, to avoid any muscle tension.
So you can warm up your calf muscles by simply climbing the stairs in your home. You can do this warm-up by going up and down in 10 steps, then repeating it for 3 sets. An alternative to stairs is a chair.
You can read more detailed warm-up with Calf Stretch, to get a muscle flexible from any stress or tension before starting your routine.
Best Exercises to Build Calf Muscles at Home for Men
Exercise 1: Jump Rope
(Equipment: a Rope)
This is a simple exercise as opposed to a comprehensive exercise. All you need to perform this exercise is a good quality rope.
How to Perform a Jump Rope Exercise?
The trick in jumping rope is the rhythm itself, first you need to practice without a rope, just stand with a straight back and tight core, then with respect to your feet, Stand with one foot forward on the ball of your foot and send back the other foot on your toes, then start jumping, continuing to switch feet while jumping, forward and backward.
The idea behind this rhythm, is to jump not too high, and reduce the body weight on your feet when landing by distributing it between two different places on the foot when switching between the toes and the ball of your foot, not just on the toes, to avoid injury.
Now to practice on the rope, grab the rope with your fingers rather than the palms of your hands with a loose grip, A loose grip will help you jump well and naturally.
Keep your elbows the same width and close to your body at all times. start by placing the rope behind you and bringing it over your head, then rotate the rope, while raise yourself slightly so that the rope can go past your feet.
Make sure to adjust the length of the rope according to your physical dimension and height or else the exercise will result in unhelpful strain as it will get stuck in the feet again and again.
The simple trick If the rope is too long, you can simply wrap it around your hand, a few times, on both ends of the rope, until you reach the length that is right for your body.
This calf exercise can help improve endurance and full-body coordination.
Repetition is key in learning any exercise.
To jump rope, start one jump for 30 seconds, then do 3-4 sets, resting 20 seconds between each set.
Be persistent and you will get a good pace with time.
Exercise 2: Barbell Seated Calf Raise
(Equipment: barbell, a piece of block on which you will place your feet elevated)
How to perform barbell seated calf raise?
Place your feet toes on the block and your ankles down on the floor. This is the starting point for this exercise.
Slowly raise your ankle to the maximum and return it at the same speed. By doing this, your calves will be stretched and pumped.
Try to get as much stretch as possible. This is one of the best calf exercises that you can do with minimal effort and maximum result.
You can replace the barbell with dumbbells if you wish, by placing them on each thigh, the idea being to have enough weight while lifting your ankles off the floor, to put pressure on the calf.
The recommended amount of reps is 6 for the calf exercise.
Exercise 3: Dumbbell Jump Squat
(Equipment: a Pair of Dumbbells)
How to Perform Dumbbell Jump Squat?
Hold a pair of dumbbells in each hand, Then stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart, Make sure your palm is facing your thighs.
Keep your neck in a neutral position and most importantly, keep your back straight, Begin to squat position by pushing your buttocks and hips back, Continue until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then jump.
Once you land, touch the ground using the toes and balls of your feet and reach your bottom position from the jump, return to the starting position with the help of your heels. Make sure to keep your hands completely straight throughout this entire process.
Your quads, glutes, and abs will also be affected by this exercise. It is one of the best calf exercises at home and to enhance the balance of the body.
You can repeat this exercise for (3) Sets of (7) Reps each.
Exercise 4: Standing calf raise with Dumbbells on elevated surface
(Equipment: a Pair of Dumbbells, Workout box)
How to perform Standing calf raise on elevated surface?
This exercise affects the calf muscles, which are the most significant in terms of overall size and shape.
First, place a piece of block or workout box if you have it on the ground as shown in the image above. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand on the block with your toes on the edge of the block and heels down on the floor if possible.
Then lift your heels up firmly, Lift until you stand completely on your toes, Pause here in this position for a moment, Let your calves muscles stretch here and feel the pump in them.
After holding this position for a moment, gently lower your heels to the initial position while feeling the stretch in the calf muscles.
One tip to do a better elevated calf exercise is: Raise your heels as high as you can while standing on your toes and Bring your heels back as low as possible.
We don’t do a lot of repetitions in this exercise but make sure you do your best for 4-5 reps.
Exercise 5: Donkey Calf Raise
(Equipment: piece of block placed on the floor, stand to hold)
How to perform a Donkey Calf raise?
Place a piece of the block on the floor as mentioned in the previous exercise, Place your toes on the edge of the block and heels down on the floor.
Lean forward and hold on to a stationary object eg. a bench as shown in the photo above, this is your starting position.
Start by gently raising your heels to the maximum stretch and then pause for a moment. Now lower the heels to the starting position to be on the floor.
You may find your weight is not too challenging so you can put on some weight by carrying weights with a rope around your waist or placing it over your lower back.
This calf workout for men is very powerful and will stretch the calf to its fullest, so work out slowly and warm up the muscles beforehand.
The recommended amount of repetitions for this donkey calf exercise is 4 to 6 reps as your calves get pumped. Make sure to stop when you raise your heels to maximum to avoid injury.
As you can see, the calf muscle plays an important role in our core balance and strengthens the lower body, and it works as an important part for runners which affects their speed and quick response reaction especially at the micro marathon range.
Other than this, calves once trained and toned provide a great body look and shape, which that bodybuilders are competing to gain.
Finally, starting straight calf exercises without prepare muscles, will not get the max workout benefits and exposes you to injury, so you can start by warming up tight calves and then start building and working out.
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