8 Easy Moves to Burn Fat on Calves

Naturally bulky calves can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on the point of view. Male bodybuilders usually have a trouble stimulating their calves to grow, while most of the ladies don’t really enjoy having large calves that barely fit in their favorite pair of skinny jeans. And let’s not even mention that wearing skirts or dresses that don’t cover your big calves is a sure way to stand out in a crowd.

The terrifying thing is that an increasing number of women who are unsatisfied with the size of their calves are seriously considering calf reduction surgery to help them get the legs they want. Is this really necessary? Not really, because there are others, less invasive and painful methods to slim down your calves which we’re going to uncover in this article. In order to slim down your calves, you need to perform high reps with light weights.

1. Skater Hops:

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How to Do:

  • Lower your body toward the floor, knees slightly bent, then jump off your left leg.
  • Land on the right foot, lifting your left leg behind you, then jump from right to left, lifting the right leg behind you.
  • Keep hopping like this until you complete 15 reps on each side.

2. Standing Calf Raise:

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How to Do:

  • Stand near a wall or chair for balance. Place your feet hip-distance apart with the ankles, knees and hips square to the front.
  • Once you are stable, slowly lift your heels off the ground raising the body upward (not forward or backward).
  • Tuck your butt under just a bit and tighten the abs as you raise.
  • Hold this position for 3 to 10 seconds (you will be able to hold it longer as you get stronger).
  • Release and repeat 10 to 20 times.

3. Pivoting Curtsy Lunge:

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How to Do:

  • Standing with feet hip-width apart, step your right foot diagonally behind you and into a 7 o’clock position.
  • Bend both knees so you’re in a lunge stance.
  • Lean your torso forward 30 degrees and pulse up and town 10-15 times.
  • Straighten the body and pivot 180 degrees so your right foot comes to the front. Again, lower into a lunge.
  • Pulse up and down 10-15 times on each side to complete one set; do 3 sets.

4. Roller Calf Stretching:

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How to Do:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out, optionally with the ankles crossed for added weight, resting on the foam roller at your ankles.
  • Place your hands on the floor behind your back for support.
  • Lift your buttocks up slightly off the floor and push yourself down so that the foam roller rolls up towards your knees.
  • Continue for 30 seconds to 1 minute and switch the cross of your ankles to repeat on the opposite side.

5. Two-Thirds Jump Squat:

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How to Do:

  • Begin by standing with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at the sides.
  • Lower the body into a squat, going two-thirds of the way down.
  • Immediately jump straight up with your arms pointed up toward the ceiling.
  • When you land, go right back into the next rep.

6. Pistol Squat:

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This exercise is beneficial for whole legs. It not only targets calves but also targets thighs. It does not require any equipment. Body weight acts as resistance.

How to Do:

  • Stand straight on the floor and look forward. Extend your arms forward.
  • Now lift your right leg in the air and lower your body as much as you can.
  • Hold on this position for 5 seconds.
  • Strand up and repeat the steps.

7. Mountain Climbers:

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How to Do:

  • Start in a push up position and make sure your abs are tight and contracted.
  • Start running your legs in and out. Repeat as fast as you can for one minute.
  • Mountain climbers are an all-over leg strengthener, and the explosive jumping movement strengthens your calves.

8. Prone Hamstring Curl:

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How to Do:

  • Lie face down on the floor, bend your elbows and stack your hands under your forehead.
  • Extend both legs straight out behind you, pointing your toes and squeezing your heels together .
  • Press your shoulders down and lift both legs slightly off the floor.
  • Keeping your feet touching, bend your knees and curl both heels in towards your body .
  • Without letting your knees touch the ground, slowly extend both legs back out straight.
  • Repeat 15 times total (Try doing another set of 15 before finishing the workout if you can).

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