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Old 04-18-12, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Street rider View Post
How much do calves really come into play when riding? I don't want to only work my upper legs and end up looking like some sort of freak.
Very little. In cycling, the calves only act as stabilizers. Actually, some cyclists have custom cleat holes drilled into their shoes to move their cleats further back on the foot. This pretty much eliminates the calf altogether.

But, if you are worried about some sort of inbalance, don't. If you are doing standard exercises that use the entire leg, like the back squat, front squat, leg press, or dead lift, you are also working your calf. It is stabilizing you the whole time and getting stronger along with the rest of your leg.
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