Ten Top Tips for Developing Calf Muscles

A tongue-in-cheek article about the art of building those all-important triceps surae!

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From Cirencester to Clacton, Barcelona to Barbados, everyone is talking about the same subject: how can I get calves the size of beach balls? Of course, there’s a definitive answer to this question however, for legal reasons (damn you Mariah Carey), I can’t divulge the secret. So, below are my top ten sports, exercises and fitness tips that I can guarantee will have you donning your just-below-the-knee Capri shorts quicker than you can say ‘pass me those walnuts and I’ll show you my party piece’.

1.      Cycling

How many times have you driven past Lycra-clad cyclists and become fixated by the gargantuan diamonds at the lower backs of their legs? Like pistons pumping up and down, up and down, there’s no better way to expand your gastrocnemius, soleus and tibialis anteriors than in the saddle.

Top tip: Go on a cycling holiday and put your leg plums through their paces every day of the week.

2.      Skiing

Anyone who’s a fan of the white stuff will know that if you’ve not limbered up and strengthened your all-important calves prior to downhill, mogul and cross-country skiing then by day two you’re probably going to be as sore as the members of the Big Brother household when they realise that A. nobody knows who they are and B. nobody’s been watching their ‘whacky’ antics.

Note: If you’re working your calves then they’re going to ache a bit – that’s good, it means they’re growing – skiing makes growth happen.

3.      Jogging

Footwear is key here and so is gradient. Firstly, don’t think that just because someone tells you that ‘footwear is key’ that you can get away with wearing nothing else, you can’t, you have to wear shorts and a vest – it’s the law. Secondly, running up a steady incline will help increase your calf muscle size – fact. So, get your kit on (all of it), head for anywhere other than Norfolk and get jogging.

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