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Anything Goes Monday: I Trained My Calves Every Day So You Wouldn't Have To!


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Fitness has definitely become more prominent in everyone's life. With the internet being accessible for almost everyone, anyone can get information on how to perform an exercise, choose workout programs, and learn about new diets. However, there is one day when it comes to exercise that people tend to forget or despise: leg day.

Leg day is almost everyone's least favorite day. There are a few people who LOVE leg day, but we won't talk about those people. Your average gym goer will not enjoy leg day and will try to truck through it as quick as possible. There are some people that hate it so much that they just skip it. However, when it comes to leg day, there is one part of your leg that normally goes unnoticed, your calves.

About 6 months ago, I decided that I wanted to grow my calves. In order to do this, every time I went to the gym, I would perform one calf exercise. That could range from standing calf raise, seated calf raise, leg press calf raise, as well as some other variations. This past month, I decided to take it one step further. I would train my calves EVERY single day, even on rest days. I would also perform two calf exercises on days I would train my legs.
Now you might be thinking, why would anyone do this? In the past, people used to think that you would need to rest a muscle group for a certain period of time, or people would train one certain muscle group once a week. Several recent studies have shown a lot of benefits for doing full-body workouts instead of training one muscle group once every week. Jim Stoppani has been a huge promoter for full-body training. While I didn't perform full-body workouts, I still trained calves every day.

Week 1
For the first week, I went to the gym six times since I missed one day the previous week. At the end of every workout, I choose a calf machine and perform 1 warm-up set, three working sets, and then a drop set for the last set. Also, I am lucky to have stairs in my apartment so I was able to perform calf raises on my rest day. To say the least, my legs were very tired and I noticed myself sitting more often at work.


Week 2
I only went to the gym four times this week since I had a busy week at work. Besides having a busy week, I was still able to train calves at my apartment on my rest days. Side note, that should be motivation to all of you who say you don't have time to workout! Anyways, I noticed that I wasn't getting too much out of my calf raises at my apartment, so I decided to increase my reps to 50 reps every set. I also decided to find some heavy objects in my apartment to make it a little more challenging. Safe to say, this really helped me work on my form for calf raises.

Week 3
This week, I decided to go back to one of my powerbuilding programs so I went to the gym five times. Besides me getting very tired from my workouts, I was training calves towards the end of my workout. It is easy to say that my legs were demolished this week. I took it a little easier when I was training my calves at home.

Week 4+2 Days
For the final week and two days, I went to the gym seven times. To make it a little more challenging and rewarding, I took my calf sets much slower. I was able to flex my calves and see how much progress I have actually made. While my calves aren't amazing like a sculpted Greek God, they definitely became more defined and have grown in size.

Overall, if you are trying to grow a certain muscle group, I would definitely look into full-body workouts. For one of my future endeavours, I might try out a full-body workout schedule. If you'd like to grow your calves, I would definitely look into working them out more often.

Anything Goes Monday is a new series on my blog where I talk about a topic not related to music. Anything Goes Monday will take place on the first Monday of each month. Stay tuned for more Anything Goes Mondays and let me know what you think of the segment! Check out the previous Anything Goes Monday here!

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