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ShakesAllDay
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I came across some very interesting info concerning the calve muscles today. Some of which I knew, some not. The calf is made up of two muscles - the gastocnemius (main muscle) and the soleus. The gastocnemius is comprised primarily of type II fibers. The soleus is comprised primarily of type I fibers. Also, the soleus is the primary mover in seated calf-raises. So, putting all this together, it looks like heavy standing calf-raises combined with lighter seated calf-raises would be the most beneficial for optimum calf development. Thoughts? BTW, Admins, the *return* is not being inserted in any of my posts, so I end up with one big long paragraph. Also, the quick reply function is not working for me, either.


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PrimordialMan1
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Good info. Training type I fibers requires almost an aerobic level workout. I can see the low weight high reps working for the seated calf raises, but it almost seems like to actually get anything out of it you'd have to do a rediculous number of reps. Wouldn't seem worth it to me. But maybe i'm looking at it all wrong. What kind of sets/reps/weight did you have in mind?


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Muffin
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Posted by: @PrimordialMan1
Good info. Training type I fibers requires almost an aerobic level workout. I can see the low weight high reps working for the seated calf raises, but it almost seems like to actually get anything out of it you'd have to do a rediculous number of reps. Wouldn't seem worth it to me. But maybe i'm looking at it all wrong. What kind of sets/reps/weight did you have in mind?

My whole life Ive had massive calves. The kind that when I was wearing shorts and going upstairs, someone would also touch them. They werent fat calves, great definition.
When I was younger, whenever I was in the shower I would do between 50-100 standing calf presses. Somehow this worked. Maybe its genetics but Ive noticed more growth from that than from low reps.

I would understand putting heavy and light together for the calf. Otherwise you end up with a massive gastocnemius which would over power the undertrained soleus.

Correct me if Im wrong on anything.


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