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Sculpting the Calf Muscles

When it comes to sculpting your calf muscles, also known as calve muscles, it takes commitment just like anything else. There are exercises to learn, then there is the fact that if you want to see results you’ll have to be consistent in putting those workouts to use. But, the good news is that you can usually easily incorporate specific exercises into your routine that will have those calves toned and in tip top shape before you know it.

Calf Raises

The first thing you need to do is find a location where you can step up onto something that is two to three inches off the ground. This can be near a set of stairs, next to a stool or by a stepper. Whatever your elevated object is, you want to stand on it using the balls of your feet so that your heels can hang off the edge.

Standing upright, place your arms by your sides and lower your heels as far to the ground as you can while feeling a stretch. If it starts to hurt then don’t go further down. The stretch should produce a small burn but it shouldn’t hurt. After letting your heels hang low for five seconds, slowly raise them until you are standing on your tip toes. Hold that pose for about five seconds and then slowly lower yourself to the starting position. Repeat six to 12 times at each session.

Step Ups

It might not seem like a big workout at first, but it is one of the best workouts for your calf muscles. You can use a traditional stepper at home and simply step up and down, alternating your legs one by one. For bigger results and a better workout, consider using some stairs. They can be in your building at work, in your home or even at the local school’s football stadium. All you have to do is walk up and down the stairs for a few minutes at a time throughout the week in order to see results in your calves.

Jump Squats

This is one of the more intense workouts for your calves, showing results quickly. The workout is based on the same principle as a regular squat workout, but it’s a bit more challenging. Start with your legs bent, in a squatted position. From there, you should push off with your calves and bring yourself off the ground, landing as gently as possible back in the squatting position. Perform a couple sets of eight to 12 reps a few times a week for the best results.

As you can see, these exercises can easily be incorporated into any kind of exercises regimen you currently have. And, if you don’t have one, these exercises are a perfect way to get started in toning your body and keeping it as healthy as it can be.

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