10 Best Calves: Who Has The Best Calves In Bodybuilding?

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Here is a list of the 10 best calves in bodybuilding.

When we look at those bodybuilders we love, we see all of those massive vanity muscles but may neglect to check out their calves. Calves are a sign that you value leg day and don’t settle for an average physique. Working your lower half and putting special emphasis on your calves lets everyone know you mean business. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best calves in bodybuilding so you have an image of what it takes to compete at the highest of levels.

For those of us who compete, it makes no sense to skip out on our calves when working out arms or chest. If you tend to slack in the gym when it comes to building those calves, looking at these professionals will most definitely get you to reconsider. With the right training plan to target your calves, you can be on your way to seeing serious calf growth like these pro bodybuilders themselves.

With the right approach to training, nutrition, and supplementation, you not only will have a lower body that others will envy, but your calves will be something extraordinary. If you’ve ever wondered who has the best calves in bodybuilding, look no further than here and check these bodybuilders who know just what it takes to have the top 10 best calves in bodybuilding.

10 Best Calves In Bodybuilding

Big Ramy


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Big Ramy is your most recent Mr. Olympia champion, taking home the title in 2021 and defending his win from 2020. He earned his pro card in 2012 and has been a force ever since. His calves are massive and lend credence to his back-to-back Olympia wins, on top of all the other muscles he works incredibly hard.

Brandon Curry


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Brandon Curry took home Mr. Olympia’s top prize in 2019, preceding Big Ramy. Curry was a football player early in his career and since transitioning to bodybuilding has made his name as an incredible muscular specimen. With a killer workout plan, his calves are ones to envy and show just what it takes to continue to compete at a high level.

Kai Greene


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Kai Greene is a well-known bodybuilder who loves to have fun while also looking huge. He has quite a few runner-up finishes, but that hasn’t stopped him from being anything short of dominant. Starring in Generation Iron, fans got to see how he works out and how his revolutionary approach to bodybuilding has produced massive calves.

Jay Cutler


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Jay Cutler is a four-time Olympia winner and someone to envy for he is absolutely massive. Appearing in magazines, starting his own company, and being an open supporter of bodybuilding as the sport it is came from hard work and dedication and the way he trains is nothing short of intense. His calf muscles pop and when he turns around, we all certainly see them, and most likely envy them.

Phil Heath


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Phil Heath is a huge name in bodybuilding with seven Olympia wins under his belt. His overall physique has earned him the reputation of being one of the most muscular men on the planet and by the looks of his calves, together with his overall physique, it is no wonder why. Heath remains a massive name and one that both aspiring and professional bodybuilders look up to.

William Bonac


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William Bonac is incredibly humble, an impressive trait considering his monster calves. He is always in the top finishing spots in competitions, and he continues to live up to his nickname as “The Conqueror” while remaining a down-to-Earth competitor. Although he may fall short of those top podium spots, his physique, and especially his calves, are not ones to take lightly.

Chris Bumstead


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Chris Bumstead is an absolute force in the Classic Physique division with three Olympia wins. His shredded physique is impressive, but so too are his calves. His workouts prove that he is constantly challenging himself to see the best gains possible.

Dorian Yates


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Dorian Yates, or known by some as the original mass monster, revolutionized bodybuilding with his intense style of training and sheer will to lift massive amounts of weight. A six-time Olympia winner, Yates has an amazing training journal amongst our list of bodybuilding e-books, and is considered one of the best in the sport among many of the other top names we all know and love. When he turns around, especially in his prime, his calves are huge and incredibly hard to miss.

Hadi Choopan

Hadi Choopan turns around and the first thing you see are those strong and impressive calves. His resume is extensive and his will to win is something to be feared. His approach to training is one that keeps him at a high level and he never neglects those calf muscles, thus giving him the ability to continue to stalk the stage with these other bodybuilding giants.

Nick Walker

Nick Walker, like all on this list, has an impressive bodybuilding resume and recently joined the list of those big names to win the Arnold Classic. He loves machine exercises and that lends credence to the sheer size of his massive calf muscles and lower body as a whole. Known as “The Mutant”, he is not one to be messed with when it comes to comparing muscle size.

Wrap Up

Working our calves is something that cannot be understated. By giving yourself the benefit of taking leg day seriously, you beef up your lower half and give those calf muscles time to grow. With the right training, nutrition, and supplementation, you allow yourself the benefit of seeing seriously muscle growth, so when you turn around, others have no choice but to envy you. Hopefully this list of the best calves in bodybuilding inspires you to want to see serious growth, for what they can do for your overall physique is nothing short of impressive.

What do you think of this list? Are these the 10 best calves in bodybuilding, or does someone else impress you even more?

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Austin Letorney
Austin Letorney is a writer, actor, and fitness enthusiast. As a former rower, he has shifted his focus to sharing his knowledge of the fitness world and strength sports with others.