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If you are like many, no matter what you’ve done for your calf workouts you just haven’t been able to get your stubborn calves to grow. In this video, I’m going to continue the popular “Sore in 6 Minutes” series and bring you a quick calf workout that you can do to not only spark growth from a muscle group you may have long ago written off, but leave you with a soreness that will serve to remind you how capable of getting them to respond to your training they really are.
This calf workout consists of just two calve exercises. One of them is going to target the gastroc and the other is going to target the soleus. A little anatomy lesson to clarify the difference between the two. The gastrocnemius is a muscle that crosses the knee and the ankle and is much more effectively targeted when the knee is kept straight because of this. In this workout, we are going to use a variation of a standing calf raise to help us nail this muscle sufficiently.
The other muscle group that makes up the calves as we know them is the soleus. Since this muscle doesn’t cross the knee and resides solely on the back of the shin, we can effectively target it by performing our calf exercises with a bent knee. The first exercise in this calf workout will do just that, and will do so in a very intense way.
To start, kneel down on the floor with a small mat or pad under your knees. Anchor your feet under the crossbar of a bench (as shown) or any other piece of equipment or home furniture that is sturdy enough to hold you down as you perform the exercise. As you will see in the demonstration, the positioning of the feet is critical to getting this exercise correct and to feeling it in the calves while minimizing what you feel in the hamstrings.
As you launch your body away from your heels, you will feel your feet plantarflex to stabilize the weight of your body as you move away from the bench. This is a strong spontaneous contraction of the soleus that will really put a demand on the muscles and force them to work harder than they ever have before. Do this for one minute and immediately stand up and proceed to the second and final exercise of this calf workout.
Grab a single dumbbell and head over to a small three or four inch step or box. Start by pointing your toes up on the edge and get a big stretch on the calves. You want to make sure you now lean slightly forward and drive your knees back into full extension to ensure the load is being directed towards the gastroc rather than the soleus. With the lean forward and the dumbbell held down and in front of you, use your other hand to stabilize your body against the rack of machine or a wall at home. Perform straight calf raises in a one and a half rep style. Here you want to come half way up, lower slowly fighting the eccentric and then come back up all the way before lowering down slowly again. This is one rep. Keep performing your reps in this fashion for another minute.
From here, you will keep alternating the two exercises until all 6 minutes are up or you give into the pain (whichever comes first!). Each time you do the calf raise, change the position of your toes and heels. Point your toes out on the second time through and in on the third time through. If you must incorporate a bit of a spot on the soleus launcher exercise, it is ok to use a physioball to take away some of the weight of your body and assist you.
Try this quick but effective calf workout and monitor your soreness in the next 24 to 48 hours. Guarantee that you will be sore, but as always, this will be the good kind of soreness that ensures that you are hitting your muscles as intended. For a complete workout program that will help you to build muscle and become more athletic in the process, head to and get the ATHLEAN-X Training System.
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62 thoughts on “Calf Workout (SORE IN 6 MINUTES!)”
jeff, the type that will get a fetus shredded in only 8 months
He probably has sperm that have 6 packs
Guillermo ochoa go to Mexico and a coat hanger will shred a fetus in 8 minutes.
He actually has two kids (twins). Could you imagine having him for your dad? I can only imagine what he’s been teaching his kids since they were old enough to start crawling!
@Lee Cox he probably showed them how to do stuff like push-ups, or anything basic that uses body weight, its bad for people to workout with dumbells and other stuff before you hit puberty.
You know you’re watching this if you have small calves
But this is like other certain parts of the body (you know what), where everybody, except a few think, theirs is not big enough, even when they are larger than the average.
I got nice calf/legs I just want to see where I stand.
Iam my caves are Small
►Fretic◄ I don’t I just wanna workout dumbass
what a genius you are
those air athleans tho
Creole Woods new shoes for Jeff! gofundme.com/jeff-cavalieres-new-shoe-fund
David D. Ahahahaha
Those are NikeIDs
teamnocalves wake up
they look amazing when you do then but when i do them exactly like you I end up in the gym fails compilations
Ha ha ha ha ha
Seriously Jeff. You’ve helped me out a lot on this channel. Send me your info and I’ll get you a new pair of shoes.
You can send me one pair too
Ciprian he is not a body builder
@Boneless Pizza what is he then?
Jonas Hitter well he is not a body builder since he is keeping a constant shape
@Jonas Hitter he is a god
Did this! Next day I walked into work like John Wayne!
don’t be silly John Wayne doesn’t walk anywhere he rides a horse.
Mark Cherry no John wick stabbing your calves
YO! i can’t walk.. literally!
Hey Jeff! I had been training for close to a year now but there was no calves growth at all. But on Friday morning, just before my legs workout, I watched this video and decided to give the calves pusher a try. Oh man…trust me the soreness remained for two straight days and the size bulged!! That was one simple but super effective calves workout. This will be only one from now on for my calves. Thank you Jeff!!
How’s the progress on the calves? I’m curious to know if you stuck with it and what the results have been. Thanks.
Seriously mate, tell us the progress
@rminitials Judging by the fact he said he could visually see an increase in the size of his calves after just one session, I’d say it was just the placebo effect. It’s clearly bogus, and I doubt he stuck with the calf routine.
If your goal in 2018 to get bigger calves shout out or like
Mutaz Mousa did you end up getting bigger and better calves? Cause I am trying to as well
Grand Ace same dog
Lol that’s my 2019 goal
I’m in 2019
I’m your 100st like
I hate you Jeff. It’s 2 days after and I can’t walk. So much pain.
Lmfao same I’m walking on my tippy toes cause of this
@bolo lo koeiga it was my first time going this workout. I’ve been in the gym for 15 yrs or so. I’ve never been one to just hit calves. I’ve done toe presses , calf raises with 45 lbs dumbbells in each hand 4 sets of 12-15. But this workout is Killer. I did see gains with the jump rope tho.
u have to stretch ur calves before u do this ._.
@account I did. Didnt matter
Keep going don’t skip leg day
2:25 that’s thicc
Ahmad B. I’ll nut to that
Ahmad B. stfu James Charles
arms: YEA LETS DO THIS!
back: YOU CALL THAT WEIGHT?!
delt: PFFT NO PROBLEM!
My calves filed for a divorce today:(
*frantically searching around my home gym for something i can do calf launchers on*
I do it with my legs under sofa
@Suuu Mhgfr Improvise, adapt, overcome!
101 like fuckers…
Use a friendly neighbourhood wife or gym bro to sit on you
Can you make a newer calf workout? even slight variation will do, I think I almost tore my right calf muscle on the first exercise because I didn’t hook my legs properly or uneven weight/ load distribution
2:20 so that’s why porn stars have buff calves
2:00 why are your calves breathing
They’re alive bruh
Hopefully this will turn my calves into COWS