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Calf Training Tips

Q: Any tips on calf training? I do calves first in my workouts, which helps, but my progress is slow.

A: Not knowing anything about your training other than that you do calves first in your workouts doesn’t give me much to go on, but I’ll give you two tips. First, if your calves haven’t grown in a while, focus on single-leg calf work, which favors more-rapid growth. Second, perform standing calf exercises before seated calf exercises, which will elicit better recruitment patterns.

Editor’s note: Charles Poliquin is recognized as one of the world’s most suc-cessful strength coaches, having coached Olympic med-alists in 12 different sports, including the U.S. women’s track-and-field team for the 2000 Olympics. He’s spent years researching European journals (he’s fluent in English, French and German) and speaking with other coaches and scientists in his quest to optimize training methods. For more on his books, seminars and methods, visit Also, see his ad in the magazine.  IM

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