I've been running for the past 4 years, averaging around 80 KPW, and maxing at 145 KPW.
When I started, I was a skinny fat kid (skinny obese tbf), and I had lower legs that looked like two huge flower pots.
That hasn't changed much. My calves are still freaking huge, compared to the rest of my body. To let you create an image of how i look, i'll lay down some measurements.
upper arm - 11 inches (non existent biceps, every time i flex my arm, the sport of bodybuilding cries)
chest - didnt measure, size xs shirts fit great
wrist - i can touch the start of my thumb nail with the tip of my index finger.
waist - 28 inches
calves - north of 14 inches, low insertion, thick soleus and 10 inch ankles (pretty palm tree looking) .
Around 16% body fat right now.
When i go down in BF%, the only thing that changes is vascularity and muscle stration depht.
I run on tip toes, tried to land rearer footed with the hope of seeing a reduction in gastrocnemius radius. Didn't work... Yet. Im still going with this approach.
Tried to walk with bent knees to make my soleus work more. Bad idea, soleus gained size. Stopped when I realized that.
Tried to walk with my feet pointing outwards, didnt work.
In the past years (when i decided i wanted to be the best version of myself), i realized through research in the forums and what not, that the majority of elite runners (be sprinters, middle and long distance) have long achilles tendons, small ankles and somewhat skinny to skinnier-than-pinky finger calves.
Did you make your calves smaller? How? (I already saw the use casts answer) Did you changed your calf shape? How?
I would love to read your experiences, even if they didnt worked.
Can we make this the greatest calf smallening thread of all time?
Im obsessed with this subject. On my free time, I always want to know more about this topic.
Thank you for reading. Have a beautiful week.
I've been pushing the creation of this thread for a really long time, due to shyness (even as anon) , and not knowing what to write. Hope you appreciate my effort.
Eccentric heel drops