I have been training calves at the end of my HST workouts, 3x week, 20-30 reps, using progression etc. Mine are ridiculous, just got some minor size gains. It just is not impressive to have good upper body size and then these toothpicks-like calves.
I'm aware genetics play a big role in determining the size of these muscles.
- What would be the best way to achieve gains in calves without compromising the progress on other lifts or recovery? Longer training sessions, extra workout day?
- How many sets/reps?
- What's the most productive calf exercise when training at home? Loaded barbell on traps and doing calf raises on stepper?
- Is it ok to neglect the soleus, i.e. on seated calf raises?