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Calf Muscles and Plyometrics

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Plyometrics boost calf strength
& leg muscle power
Toning and conditioning your calf muscles is an essential part of lower body workouts. Without calf strength, the rest of your leg training wouldn't hold much weight, nor would the results be very impressive.

The thing to remember here is that the muscles in your calves are mostly made up of fast twitch fibers. From an exercise physiology perspective, this means, it's better to work out your calves doing fast, explosive exercises rather than slow, controlled ones. (However, there is a place for both in your overall leg fitness training system.)

This is where plyometrics or "plyos" come in. They are a core part of army and olympic fitness training, and have a varied history for their usefulness in strength-n-speed training.

In simple terms, plyometrics are defined by explosive jumping movements from the floor onto a box (or a squat table-like platform), and from the box onto another object or the floor. What this does is develop your legs, hamstring and calves for greater athletic power, speed and increased muscular strength.

Plyometrics are also a great (fun) way to work out your lower body without the need for any additional gym equipment.

However, for best results and great leg muscles, combine both bodyweight and gym machine workouts, as follows:
  • Plyometrics
  • Standing & Seated Calf Raises
  • Leg Press
Safety Tip: While doing a leg press, make sure that your knee bends no farther than 90 degrees. This is important to prevent lower back injury.

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