India, July 26 -- Fitness aficionados generally consider calf training as mostly for aesthetic reasons, but that is not really true. Though having a muscular lower body - thighs and calves go a long way in balancing a buff upper body. Most trainees do not like to train the lower body, even more so the lower leg muscles as they are hard to hypertrophy and are usually trained as an afterthought. But it is a mistake to think that calves are just for show and just barely assist in walking and running. But before we get into calf training, let's look at the anatomy of the lower leg.

Functional anatomy of the calf muscles

The calf is composed of two muscles - gastrocnemius and soleus. The gastroc muscle originates from above the knee and conn...