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5 Reasons Your Calves Are Not Growing

by Melissa Bell
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Nowadays, sport has become an integral part of most people’s life. Promoting health, power, strength and beauty, this “trend” is spreading throughout the world at breakneck speed. You can hardly find a young person who is not engaged in one or the other sports activity. Different gyms and fitness rooms are such a popular place for spending leisure time.

Men and women train for hours in fitness clubs, following the body of their dream. Biceps, triceps, abs… We all know how difficult it is to work at all these muscle groups, but not as hard as training big and chiseled calves. Many sportsmen and sportswomen face the issue of not growing calves. This problem is rather widespread, so if you are reading this article, you might have faced the same difficulties as many people do. Don’t panic, no cause for concern! Let’s first try to figure out the reasons for this problem.

1. The Wrong Approach to a Training Process

The first and most common reason of not growing calves is making typical mistakes in a training process, of course. You may know that muscles do not grow because of the ignorant training program. Very often sportsmen don’t pay enough attention to their calves or train them at the end of the practice, which is a big mistake. After all exercises, you don’t have enough energy to do all necessary steps to make your calves grow. It would be better to ask your trainer for advice. The professional will correct your motions and the way of your training.


2. Too Heavy Weights

The second reason follows from the first one, it involves the usage of too heavy weight for squats and lifts. The proverb says: “Too much water drowns the miller”, so never forget that excessive overloading leads to the violation of training performing. As a result, there is no possibility to workout with enough range of motions, and eventually, your calves do not train enough.

To avoid the most typical mistakes while training calves, check out this useful video:

3. Genetics

Genetic constraints are another important issue, which limits the growth of calves and influences their shape. If you’ve been using various training schemes, changing different exercises, regularly organizing so-called ‘calves days’ instead of ‘arm days’ or ‘shoulder days’ but there is still no any result, congratulations – you are genetically limited. Your ancestors rewarded you with short muscle fibers and the small number of muscle cells. It means that you will never become an owner of the most pumped up caves, but nevertheless, you are able to significantly improve muscle mass volume of your calves. You just need to work much harder.


4. We Are What We Eat

Food rations can also influence the growth of calves. Everybody knows that our nutrition habits build our body, it is essential to health and fitness. If the one wants to lose some weight he/she changes the diet. The same thing concerns muscles. Calorie-restriction diet damages muscle mass. And vice versa, balanced diet with enough amounts of calories can help you to enhance the results of your training. Pick healthier foods that are grown and less processed. Yes, a calorie is a calorie, but remember that what you put in is what you get out. But do not rely on food rations only; it will help just in complex with hard training.

5. Watch Your Habits

Do you know that your gait and footwear affect calf growth as well? Good posture and gait have a positive impact on calves’ development. A bad habit of putting feet on the heel leads to the deformation of calf muscles. If before training you can see the imbalance between the calf and thigh, there probably is some posture problem. The workout will also make little progress if you wear uncomfortable shoes both in your daily life and during the training. They should have enough space in the toe area to provide your toes with natural feeling, otherwise their participation – or rather non-participation –will reduce the effectiveness of your calf training.


Human calves have a great potential to grow. They can have the same size as other parts of the body, such as arms or legs. If your aim is to have big muscles in your calves, you should find a great deal of patience and train hard. Good luck!

Written by Helen Rogers http://thecrossfitshoes.com/


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