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My trainer measured my calves and thighs before I started a more intense workout routine (spinning 4+ times per week, +cardio and strength training). In eight weeks my thighs were each 1-1/2" smaller, calves only 1/8" smaller. I am trying to train myself to appreciate them. All that working out didn't decrease them at all, but the muscles are more defined. They do make my ankles look delicate and slim! LOL
Good luck and enjoy your calves!
'eddie bauer extra-wide-calf boots' I couldn't link to their calf sizing chart, but here's the website.
http://www.eddiebauer.com/eb/cat_default_roll over.asp?nv=23211|23998|24009&tid=&c=&a mp;referringurl=http%3A//www.eddiebauer.com/eb/cat_splash.asp%3Fnv%3D2 3211
I wore out my first pair so I am going to order another. These are the ONLY tall boots that have ever fit! Even my Mom was admiring them over the holidays. She said 'wow! they zip all the way up!!'
I just recently hear about another site that actually makes a large variety of boots with foot AND calf sizing. Too bad I didn't bookmark it and now I don't remember what it is. I think it might have been a british company. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
But I do know what sweet_tart said works well; a trainer I know who has trained state champion bodybuilder(male) told me calf size is mostly genetic and large is healthy....but for us girls we like to have the best of both worlds, right? Again, what sweet_tart said........
Jayd - It's Evans.co.uk that makes the boots you're thinking of :)
Obviously it depends on whether your calves are genetically inherited or developed purely from exercise. If it's the former, then there isn't much you can do about it. The only thing you can do is maintain their shape and do exercises that will tone and define them rather than making them bigger, like running, cycling and strength training using light weights with high repetitions. If it's the latter then you should do the same cardio exercises and make sure that you stretch regularly. In this case try to avoid heavy weight lifting that will bulk them up even further. I believe pilates and yoga also help in slimming down the calves if they've developed too much due to to heavy exercising.
Is it fat or muscle mass? Some people will distribute their fat on their lower bodies, a lot of times on the calves.
If it is fat, dieting would reduce the size. If it is muscle, dieting will reduce the size if you're not working them and you're not eating enough protein. Your body will rip your skeletal muscle apart (from everywhere) for the amino acids to feed the high priority tissue (not really recommend). Doing elliptical would reduce calve work.
I personally do calve exercises like seated calf raises, leg press calf raises, donkey calf raises because my calves were small and i didn't want proportion problems. Now my calves are god like, yet way bigger.