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I think it's funny though when the huge gorilla dudes at the gym who have bird legs ask me what I do for leg workouts and I just say "run". They about shit themselves.
Reaching 1,243 in 2008 -- one day, one week, one mile at a time.
A Dance with Monkeys
Big calves aren't good guys. It adds weight to the lever.
I'm running somewhere tomorrow. It's going to be beautiful. I can't wait.
Beatin' on the Rock
Resistance band is just as effective.
Yes. I have big calves. Yes I do think they make me fast not slow (look, was I ever really competing with the Kenyans anyway? Um, no) and they do push me up hills faster that if I had stick/bird legs. Yes I do have trouble finding jeans (and boots!!) and my only consolation is that I will never have cankles and they look pretty nice in heels. If I do say so myself.
Thats funny. How would you know how fast skinny bird legs would be if you never had them? Believing the notion that big muscles generate more power(as in running uphills)is a huge misconception. If that were the case body builders would be fast runners. Look I'm not knocking your big calves.....just trying to clear up another misconception amongst the running cummunity. When it comes to leg speed a short light lever will always swing fater and use less energy doing so than a heavy one. The idea is finding a good power to weight ratio. A muscle doesn't have to be big to generate power.
Trent, I have to ask...as one large-calved runner to another...do you have a hard time finding jeans that aren't too snug through your calves? I HATE this trend towards skinny jeans--long live boot cuts!
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