Cramps in legs preventing me from finishing my leg workout. Help!

  • edgewaterguy2

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    Jul 26, 2011 9:14 AM GMT
    I'm getting terrible cramps in my legs, specifically on my quads and groin muscles toward the final rep of my squats. It feels like your legs do when you haven't been excercising, only it happens towards the final of my squats and I can't finish my leg workout. Any suggestions anyone?
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    Jul 26, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    This may sound weird but bananas, before and after
  • bad_wolf

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    Jul 26, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    BANANAS!
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    Jul 26, 2011 11:09 AM GMT
    bad_wolf saidBANANAS!

    Great minds think alike ;-)
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    Jul 26, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    ...the quickest is tonic water with quinine - immediate relief - but build up potassium as well...
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 26, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    Plenty of fluid!
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    Jul 26, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
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    Jul 26, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    I used to have the same problem. Plenty of fluids and bananas did the trick for me.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 26, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    I was going to post the same question, but I'll try potassium.

    Oddly it doesn't seem related to overworking a muscle group. I can start a normal upper body workout and soon, my legs will start cramping, then abs, and I have to quit everything... can't even walk the treadmill. There is never any warning, which sucks if you plan for a solid workout and have to turn around and go home 10 minutes in.

    This happens like 1 out of 10 times.
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    Jul 26, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/food/potassium-foods.htm

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  • edgewaterguy2

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    Jul 27, 2011 8:44 AM GMT
    commonman saidThis may sound weird but bananas, before and after


    B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

    I've been doing all that (potasium and magnesium as well) and still getting into trouble. I'll try doing more massage.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 27, 2011 9:53 AM GMT
    edgewaterguy2 said
    commonman saidThis may sound weird but bananas, before and after


    B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

    I've been doing all that (potasium and magnesium as well) and still getting into trouble. I'll try doing more massage.


    Yeah...I forgot about magnesium. I've been trying to cut back a little on supplements and that's one of them. I'm trying to remember now if it started before or after the cutback.
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    Oct 03, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    you culd try some stretching exercises
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    Oct 04, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    edgewaterguy2 said
    commonman saidThis may sound weird but bananas, before and after


    B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

    I've been doing all that (potasium and magnesium as well) and still getting into trouble. I'll try doing more massage.



    Hydration is also a factor. Also are you warming up? Doing dynamic stretches and other exercises to loosen your legs up? Are you cooling down and stretching after your leg routine. Are you holding your static stretches for 30 seconds or more? Also are you pushing out that last rep despite form failure?

    It all makes a difference.
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    Oct 05, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    Great to know about bananas. I get lots of leg cramps from weights and running. Yikes!!!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:38 AM GMT
    Malic acid and Calcium magnesium complex-they will end.icon_idea.gif
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    Oct 05, 2011 7:44 AM GMT
    I'm having muscle cramps in my legs. Figured it was because I drink about half a gallon of water during my cardio.

    Finally see my first gay doctor a couple of months ago.
    He drew blood and discovered that my Vitamin-D levels are waay low.

    They test for that in Washington state, but my doc in California didn't run the test.

    Instead of randomly taking a certain amount of Vit-D supplements, I'd have your levels checked first. Not sure what happens if we have too much.

    Now, if I forget my pills, I get leg cramps a few hours later.


  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 05, 2011 7:58 AM GMT
    start eating some bananas before your workout. also drink a lot of water before, during and after your workout
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    Oct 05, 2011 9:56 AM GMT
    No bananas! They're so high in sugar. Coconut water has a much better potassium-sugar ratio AND it's very easily digested.
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    Oct 05, 2011 10:06 AM GMT
    1 banana, more water, less weight with fewer reps. and more time between sets. Basic stretching prior to and immediately after squats tends to help some guys, but I cannot say with 100% certainty that stretching makes that much of a difference.
  • silverfox

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    Oct 05, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
    edgewaterguy2 said
    commonman saidThis may sound weird but bananas, before and after


    B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

    I've been doing all that (potasium and magnesium as well) and still getting into trouble. I'll try doing more massage.



    I was going to add that if potassium doesn't do the trick...try magnesium. Actually, I take a "mineral" supplement that has both potassium and magnesium in it and has worked great for me for workouts and for tennis. No cramping.

    Others swear by Glucoseamine but that has never done much for me.
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    Oct 05, 2011 11:15 AM GMT
    edgewaterguy2 saidI'm getting terrible cramps in my legs, specifically on my quads and groin muscles toward the final rep of my squats. It feels like your legs do when you haven't been excercising, only it happens towards the final of my squats and I can't finish my leg workout. Any suggestions anyone?


    Call me lazy but my suggestion would be to lift less weight ;-) LOL


    But the potassium thing sounds like a possible solution that may work quite well for you ...
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    Oct 05, 2011 4:10 PM GMT
    h0ck3y_david said
    RobertF64 saidI'm having muscle cramps in my legs. Figured it was because I drink about half a gallon of water during my cardio.
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    drink more milk....


    milk is full of good stuph.. including vitamin D..

    ~ cheers...


    I agree. But, how much milk would I have to drink to meet 5,000 units prescribed by my doctor?

    Of all the different ways to gain vitamin-D, I chose tablets.