Bad Calf Genetics? Why Stubborn Skinny Calves Don’t Grow Easily

Hey guys, Sean Nalewanyj here of
with a Q & A video, and today’s question is about the calves and specifically why they’re
such a hard muscle group to build if you have thin calves that don’t naturally respond well
to training. So in many cases this is partially due to improper programming and poor calf
training technique, but the honest truth is that packing size onto naturally skinny calves
really can be quite a challenge and there are two concrete reasons for this. The first
is due to anatomical disadvantage, basically. Guys with naturally skinny calves tend to
have a longer calf tendon along with shorter calf muscles than insert higher up on their
lower leg. So the longer your calf tendon is and the shorter your calf muscles are,
the less potential you’re going to have for growth, and this simply because you’re going
to have less muscle to work with from the start and even when you do add some size there,
making these muscles pop out is especially difficult. A long calf tendon and short calf
muscles is great for explosive movements like sprinting and jumping, but it’s really not
so great when it comes to adding mass. And the second reason is low androgen receptor
density. Androgen receptors are the areas of the muscle where testosterone attaches
to in order to stimulate protein synthesis, and although there are going to be exceptions,
androgen receptor density in men tends to be highest in the upper body and lowest in
the lower body, with the absolute lowest density being found in the calves. And as a result
of that, testosterone can’t exert a very significant effect on the calf muscles, which makes stimulating
new growth in this area particularly challenging regardless of how well you train them. So
where do you go from here if you have stubborn calves that don’t seem to grow no matter what
you do? Well two points I’ll make on this. First of all, I’m definitely not saying that
you can’t build your naturally thin calves up to a reasonable level of development, all
I’m saying is that it will likely be a longer road and it will require more patience and
dedication than your other muscle groups. The point of this Q & A is not to discourage
you, but rather just to give you an honest and realistic explanation of why the calves
can often be a hard muscle to build, and that it will definitely be a challenge if your
calves don’t naturally respond well to training. And secondly is just learn how to train with
maximum effectiveness. So you’ll want to get every possible advantage you can in that area,
and many guys really do make quite a few important errors when it comes to their calf training
strategy. So I’d highly recommend checking out 2 resources which I’ll link up here and
in the Description box below. The first is a video I posted today that outlines 4 very
important calf training tips that you’ll definitely want to be aware of and implement in your
program. And the second is an article over on my website that discusses proper exercise
selection, and I also provide some good sample calf workouts in that post as well. So thanks
for watching this video. I hope you found this Q & A useful. If you did enjoy the video
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