Top exercises for muscular calves

Now that summer is coming up; people are more likely to start wearing less clothing. If you want nice looking muscled calves to show off, follow these top exercises to get you on your way!

1. Double-Leg Calf Raise. Calf raises are the classic calf-strengthening exercise. You can either use your body weight, or extra weights such as dumbbells to go that extra mile

Starting position: Stand near a wall for balance. Place your feet hip-width apart, and make sure your ankles, knees, and hips are in vertical alignment to protect your joints.

Action: Press down into the balls of both feet to raise your body upward. Keep your abdominal muscles pulled in so that you move straight upward, rather than shifting your body forward or backward.

2. Walking up a hill on a treadmill. Walking up hill requires you to use your calf muscles to get that extra push when taking your next step.

Starting position: Get on the treadmill and start at a slow pace. But the incline up as high as you can till you are walking on a nice sharp angle, but not so high you cant stay on the treadmill.

Action: Keep on walking! Not only will this strengthen your calf muscles, but it will help strengthen your hamstrings as well!

3. Seated Calf Raise. The best thing about this exercise is that you can do it at home, in the office or at the gym!

Starting position: Sit on a firm, sturdy chair with your feet flat on the floor. Keep your knees aligned directly over your feet. Don't let your knees turn in or out. Lean forward placing hands on thighs near knees pushing down to add resistance.

Action: Press slowly down into the balls of your feet to raise your heels as high as you can. Next, slowly lower your heels. Repeat.