Can I Stretch High Calfs?

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Question: I have high calves and wonder if there is a way to stretch them so they get lower?
Answer: Although stretching your calves is a great way to improve ankle flexibility and achilles tendon flexibility, unfortunately it is not going to help you to change the insertion where your calves attach to the bone on your lower leg. You can, however, build muscle no matter if you have a high connection or a lower connection for your calf. You may not get the calf you think you want but you can build the best calf possible with what you have.
Calf muscles are dense and can take a heavy work load. Arnold built a pair of the best calves of his generation using heavy weights and low reps usually 10 reps per set. He would do 6 to 10 sets of calf raises every third day. Others have built great calves using higher reps, from 20 to 50 reps per set. With either method you need to drive from the ball of your feet behind the big toe. This causes more activation of the gastroc muscle behind your knee. It’s he large upside-down shaped heart muscle.
One challenging routine uses both high and low reps. Using 70% of your heaviest weight for 10 reps do a set of 50 but break it up into sets of 10 half reps as high as you can but only half way down. On the 10th rep lower into a full stretch. Repeat this 5 times. This is how to do the first and third set. Stretch between sets. On the Second and fourth sets add weight and do only 10 full reps. When you do these reps well you should get a deep muscle burn.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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