I've watched videos of two big bodybuilders, Jay Cutler and Hunter Labrada. Both bodybuilders start with the premise of "your calves are being used all day long...". Jay Cutler finishes with

You got to train them like every other body part. If I'm doing high repititions when I walk, why would I do high reptitions in the gym? (Demonstrates with 10 reps)

Hunter Labrada finishes with

It takes more stimulation and reps to train than any other muscle. (Demonstrates with 30 reps)

Which bodybuilder should I believe? Jay Cutler is a far more successful bodybuilder than Hunter Labrada because Jay has been Mr. Olympia 4 times, but both guys look much better than I'd ever hope to be.

  • I'm sure we could focus on calves here, but this question is similar and has an answer already.
    – user8119
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 7:46
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    Be careful using professional bodybuilders as your standard. Although they train hard, most use anabolic steroids, making it easier for them to achieve massive and ripped physiques.
    – rrirower
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 12:31
  • The guys I know with the biggest calves are or were competitive cyclists and speed skaters.
    – Eric
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 16:18

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There are unfortunately few reliable studies about rep range for hypertrophy, but I have always heard that calves require more than average, with ranges from 15-30 based on weight used in that set.

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