These are the top 10 bodybuilders who have the largest calves anywhere in the world.
The average lifter might only be capable of achieving a normal calf circumference. However, many bodybuilders and strength-athletes have incredible calves.
This guide will show you the largest calves around the globe, and also give you a list of the top 10 most powerful calves in bodybuilding history.
Which calves are the largest in the world?
Which country has the largest calves?
Erik Fankhouser, an American bodybuilder, is the man with the largest calves. His calves measured a staggering 24 inches, and he was still competing when they were. He is also ripped.
Fankhouser was well-known because of his exceptional lower body development. His calves were definitely the largest and most impressive to grace any Mr. Olympia stage (or any other bodybuilding stage).
Fankhouser’s calves are too large, according to some commentators. However, in bodybuilding, it’s better to be too big than not enough. This is especially true when it comes down to stubborn muscle groups like the calves.
Which bodybuilder has the best calves?
Who have the greatest calves in bodybuilding history
Erik Fankhouser has the largest calves in terms of total mass (although Ben Pakulski is not far behind).
However, it’s up to you to decide who has the best calves.
Mike Matarazzo was blessed with some of the most beautiful and freakiest calves of any bodybuilder. His calves looked like diamonds, even though they were not as massed as modern bodybuilders like Fankhouser or Pakulski.
Which calves are the largest natural?
People with the largest natural calves often develop them unintentionally.
Examples of obese and overweight people are numerous. You can build muscle mass by getting a heavy-built person to exercise for long periods of time.
You can see why non-lifters have the most natural calf development you’ll ever find.
Natural bodybuilder Jeff Alberts is a natural champion of resistance training and has noticed a marked improvement in natural calves. 
Which calves are the strongest?
Eddie Hall, Strongman, has huge calves measuring 23.5 inches. Hall has massive 23.5 inch calves.
It’s amazing that Eddie Hall doesn’t do any direct training for his calves. Yet, they are larger than most men’s quads.
My guess is that when you are squatting 3x the weight of most people and supporting 150kg+ body weight at all times, your calves must do a lot of work regardless of whether or not they want to!
These are the top 10 largest calves in bodybuilding
Find out who the mass monsters were that built the largest calves in bodybuilding history.
1. Erik Fankhouser
Erik Fankhouser is the man who has insane calves. This IFBB Pro has the largest calf muscles anywhere in the world, measuring 24 inches.
Fankhouser’s calf competition was a challenge for even Mr. Olympia champions, Jay Cutler and other bodybuilding legends such as Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler.
Fankhouser loved doing his leg presses for his calf raises. From a hypertrophic perspective, this makes sense because you have less pressure on your back when doing a Calf Press than during a Calf Raise.
Some people think Fankhouser’s calves are too large, but most bodybuilders are criticized for having too small calves. Pro bodybuilders love the luxury of having dominant calves.
2. Ben Pakulski
Ben Pakulski, like Erik Fankhouser has the largest calf muscles anywhere in the world. Pakulski seems to have gotten his extraordinary calf size from his dad, who according to Muscular Development, has 22-inch calves! 
It wasn’t just genetics that made Ben Pakulski’s show-winning calves.
Pakulski has shown numerous videos highlighting the importance of proper execution when building calves.
Pakulski is not like other bodybuilders who work hard but aren’t smart. He challenges his calves with deep, growth-stimulating stretching and a pumping peak contraction.
Ben Pakulski is the best person to learn from when it comes to growing calves. He has the body and the knowledge.
3. Mike Matarazzo
Mike Matarazzo was a man of remarkable mass. But it was his calves who were the most striking.
Matarazzo was a former boxer. He credited much of his calf growth to his boxing training. Matarazzo had to constantly be on his toes in order to anticipate his opponent’s next move. 
Matarazzo believed in the correct form for growing calves. This belief was clearly reflected in his own training.
His lower leg development is also proof of the fact that spending time on your feet, and in particular on your toes, can make a big difference to your calf size.
4. Dorian Yates
Dorian Yates was a competitor and had the largest calves in the world. They looked huge from all angles.
Even though he is now a retired bodybuilder, the six-time Mr. Olympia winner still has bigger calves than most professional bodybuilders. This is not surprising considering that the muscle mass of bodybuilders’ calves has been decreasing in recent years.
Yates, despite his shorter legs being larger than his competitors’, was an expert at making his calves look full and big from every angle.
Although many bodybuilders suggest that you train your calves more often to increase their strength, Yates recommends training them about once per week.  The calves, like all muscle groups, need to rest in order to grow.
5. Nasser El Sonbaty
You automatically think of Nasser El Sonbaty when you think “mass monster”. He weighed in at over 300 lbs in off-season.
Although Nasser did not win a Mr. Olympia contest in 1997, he was second and had many other top-place finishes over his 15-year professional career.
In an interview, Nasser stated that he has always had good leg development, including calves.  His inner head was the most noticeable and gave him an advantage in the leg department over other bodybuilders.
His calves were over 20 inches in length. And, unlike many of his competitors’, Nasser had sweeping quads that were proportional to his calves.
6. Flex Lewis
Flex Lewis’ calves will never be photographed in a photo that is too small or detailed.
Flex Lewis has easily one of the most impressive bodybuilder calves and is a natural 212 competitor.
Flex Lewis was able to raise his calves without having to work so hard. Flex Lewis was 19 when he took this picture. His calves are well-developed enough to compete on the Mr. Olympia stage.
Flex Lewis is a world-class bodybuilder with the largest calves. Flex Lewis is a heavier competitor than many others with larger calves.
7. Lee Priest
Lee Priest, despite being only 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighed in at well over 200 lbs. His calf mass was comparable to the rest of his famed physique.
Priest’s calves were so well developed, it seemed like his inner heads would bang into one another on stage if Priest made them larger. His inner head was seriously the largest calf muscle I’ve ever seen.
Lee Priest was not like other bodybuilders. He didn’t have one large calf mass.
Priest mentions that he did his calves using weighted standing and leg press calf raises, but high rep bodyweight raises were also an option to increase your lower legs.
These are especially effective for those who skip calf training. All you need is a step, and 5-10 minutes.
8. Tom Platz
Tom Platz is a key figure in the discussion of the legs.
Platz is most well-known for his quad development. However, his lower legs were also exceptional.
Calf training was not the most common, to put it mildly.
Platz, in an interview with Old School Labs, stated that he would perform high rep calf training and also pile as many plates onto his specially designed calf raise machine (often more than 1000 lbs) and hold the contraction as long as possible.
This is understandable, as your calves have already been trained to support low levels of resistance (i.e. your bodyweight) throughout the day. If you want to build bodybuilder calves like Tom Platz you will need to give your lower legs a different stimulus. This means you should blast them with heavy, fiber-tearing weight.
9. Steve Kuclo
Steve Kuclo is a tall bodybuilder and has the largest calves of any man at his height (5’11”)
Kuclo’s calves are wide and detailed at the back, and have a lot of mass from their front. In the video, you can clearly see the difference between his inner and outer heads.
Kuclo also points out that calf raises should be done with your feet straight. This is the natural position for your feet. This means that you will feel your calves work more efficiently if your toes are not pointed in or out.
Kuclo also stresses the importance of calf press training in Muscle and Strength. He recommends that you pause in the contracted and stretched positions when performing calf presses. You can eliminate the momentum and ensure your calves get all the muscle-building tension.
10. Paul Dillet
Paul Dillett, at 6’1″, is significantly taller than most bodybuilders.
Paul Dillett, despite being taller than many lifters, never had any problems with calf development.
Dillett’s calves were the largest in terms of total mass. They were also some of the most beautiful calves.
Dillet’s 4th place in Olympia was in 1994, when he defeated Nasser El Sonbaty, another big calf bodybuilder.
The verdict: How do these bodybuilders create the largest calves?
Although many bodybuilders have a natural ability to build the largest calves, it takes more than just good genes.
To achieve their impressive calves, all of these bodybuilders had to train for more than a decade.
Although genetics can give you an advantage, consistent training in the gym is necessary to maximize your natural abilities.
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