New Features

Editors'
Picks

The Daily Details

Health

4 Ways to Sculpt Sexy, Summer-Ready Calves

Details_Equinox_logo460.jpg

They're among the most important vanity muscles for fitness-focused guys, and with summer just around the corner, your calves are about to be on full display. But even regular gymgoers are misguided when it comes to toning their lower legs. "You'll see plenty of lifters doing calf raises all day and nothing happens," says Justin Jacobs, a Tier 3 plus personal trainer and fitness manager at Equinox in New York City. "The athletes with great calves are dancers, basketball players, and tennis players, who develop their muscles through quick and powerful movements."

What works: The power and agility route—more specifically, body-weight moves that involve plantar flexion (pressing the ball of your foot downward). "If you're looking to drop body fat for the summer, these jumping moves will give you a metabolic boost and a tight-looking calf," Jacobs says. Try this mini-routine on its own or use each of the three exercises as cardio intervals in your regular strength routine.

Warm-up: Start in plank position, shift your weight back to stretch your calves, and then shift forward. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Jump rope: Start with both legs, then progress to single-leg jumping.

Squat jumps: Squat, then really drive through your foot as you jump out of the squat. "You want the toe to be the last part of the foot that touches the floor when you take off and the first part that touches the floor when you land," Jacobs says. Do 15 reps.

Speed skaters: Mimic the athletes' movements and alternate lunging side-to-side, making sure your foot falls with your toe touching down first. "Your back leg acts like a tail, counterbalancing you," Jacobs says. Do 15 reps on each side.

About the author:
Q by Equinox is the daily blog of the luxury fitness brand. Check back here weekly for new posts that tap into Q's stable of world-class trainers and experts to keep up with all things health and well-being.

• • •

Also on Details.com:
Exercises and Workouts for Every Muscle Group
Get Soccer-Player Legs in 30 Minutes
The New Rules of Running: Go Farther, Faster, Longer

• • •

Also on Q by Equinox:
The World's Greatest Stretch
Q&A With John Slattery
Meet Your Workout Stylist

Details Newsletters
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.
Subscribe to Details
Powered By ZergNet
Details Newsletters
  • Get the latest in men's style, grooming, diet, fitness and pop-culture trends every Wednesday. See Sample
I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its User Agreement, and Privacy Policy.