View Full Version : how to strengthen calves?


bbos
02-13-2009, 04:22 PM
So I heard that calves are very important to a boxer, what are some exercises to develop these muscles in terms of strength and explosiveness, I don't care for size.

MonsieurGeorges
02-13-2009, 04:27 PM
run hills, squats, deads, calf raises, lunges

bbos
02-13-2009, 04:40 PM
i been squatting, deadlifting for 6 years now, from what I feel, they don't stimulate the calves

MonsieurGeorges
02-13-2009, 08:11 PM
If you're really into isolation, which I am not, I guess you should try the calf raises or perhaps using the leg press machine and pressing with your toes. Try the calf raises while on one leg. I really think that the combo of roadwork w/ hills, squats, plyometrics and deads should get your legs to where they need to be. If looks mean nothing to you, I don't see why you want to isolate the calves. If you do all that **** and you still feel like you could improve, try running with boots.

JabSandwich
02-13-2009, 10:17 PM
get a tire, lay it on its side, and bounce around on it. its an old muay thai trick. sounds fruity but after 2-3 minutes ur legs will BURN. turns ur calves into steel

them_apples
02-13-2009, 10:47 PM
nobody mentioned skipping?

jamesanderson
02-14-2009, 12:12 AM
i am going up on pointe and i was told that i needed to strengthen my ankles more. i was wondering what exercises i could do to strengthen them. I also want to strengthen my quads and calves more, do you have any suggestions of what i can do?

bbos
02-14-2009, 02:43 AM
get a tire, lay it on its side, and bounce around on it. its an old muay thai trick. sounds fruity but after 2-3 minutes ur legs will BURN. turns ur calves into steel

that sounds good

Trrmo
02-14-2009, 09:32 AM
Get a barbell with a couple of 10kg or 20 pound discs. put it on the ground close to something you can hold for support, do one leg calf raises slowly with the pad of you foot on the barbell. Or put on a backpack with some weights and do two leg raises.