The calf muscles are not unlike any other muscle group. Other than the fact that they are used in everyday propulsion they are still not that different. In other words, like any other muscle, they require heavy, intense overload for growth to occur. It’s that simple. They are muscles like any other and in order to grow they must be forced to adapt to an ever-increasing overload.
So what does this mean? It means you train your calves heavy! Maximum overload!
A muscle that responds less requires overload the most. In other words, if a muscle group appears to grow at a slower rate than others, maximum overload is the only stimulation that will produce growth from this muscle group.
People tend to be more receptive to trying illogical approaches to building muscle than they are to implementing the one fundamental stimulus required for a muscle to grow – overload.
Anytime you consider training in manner different from Max-OT you need to ask yourself why you should train that way. If you know that overload is the only thing than stimulates muscle growth why would you train in a way that does not involve maximum overload? That does not promote maximum muscle growth?
A very simple way to rank the effectiveness of a training program without wasting time using it is to evaluate whether or not it incorporates maximum overload. If it does not it’s certainly not going to provide maximum growth stimulation. If it’s not going to provide maximum growth stimulation, it’s not worth your time. In fact, it’s a complete waste of time and effort.