Sometimes, especially as a old-hand when it comes to fitness, it’s easy to forget the simplest exercises—and the impressive gains you can make by sticking to the fundamentals. Take the humble calf raise. It’s a simple move, and one that can be done just about anywhere. It’s easy enough to do every day, and as fitness YouTuber pigmie recently demonstrated, doing it daily for just a week can show results. Well, at least if you’re willing to do 1,000 a day.
That’s the premise of his aptly titled video, “I Did 1000 Calf Raises Every Day for An Entire Week.” He’d tried a similar experiment before, walking on his toes for a whole week, which led to him seeing his calves grow by about three-quarters of an inch. That’s pretty good for just seven days of (admittedly odd) work, so he decided to up the game.
Doing 1,000 calf raises takes nearly 40 minutes, with brief rest breaks every 100 reps. That’s a decent commitment for just targeting your calves. (In fact, it’s probably overkill.) By day three, he started to feel pretty sore, but consistently felt that his calves were getting bigger.
Of course, the only way to prove that feeling is by actually getting out the measuring tape. After a week of 1,000-rep days, he did just that. The final results were encouraging: He gained about a quarter inch on his left calf, and a half inch on the right. Not bad for just a week’s work, and even if it was more a stunt than a sustainable workout, it illustrates the kind of progress that’s possible with consistent, fundamental moves.
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