Ab cramps?

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    Apr 03, 2012 10:05 AM GMT
    Anybody get ab cramps after an intense ab workout? Its definitely not potassium problem and I don't do any ab-work to failure but they are really really uncomfortable when they happen.
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    Yes!!! I had a really bad one today. I've been trying to figure out how to avoid this. When it happens at the gym, I'm so uncomfortable and I'm done! I leave. Feels like someone is grabbing the muscle and just squeezing the shit out of me. Not fun.
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
    I've been having the same problem for about 9 months now. Been to two different doctors who had no idea. I tried not doing any abs for over a month, not taking a pre-workout, and now I'm trying taking a magenesium supplement. Nothing is working. I just can't do ab stuff anymore.

    My only guess it might be a structural problem, but I have no idea.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    Potassium is not the only element deficiency that can cause cramps - Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium also .. so consider em all....

    Large quantities of Acidic foods, Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar and Adrenaline all have an effect on the mineral balance - avoiding them prior to exercise could be of assistance.

    In anaerobic exercise such as lifting. Lactic acid buildup can also contribute to cramping - I've heard creatine or inosine supps can assist with that, but never tried them specifically to reduce cramping.

    Usually when I get cramps, I hit a mineral supp - something that contains Calcium and Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium in the morning. My diet gets enough sodium from my fruit and vegetables - Orange Juice is rich in Calcium and Potassium, so I dont supplement potassium if I have OJ in my diet.

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    Apr 03, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    Yes. It happens to me sometimes, too.
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    sc69 saidPotassium is not the only element deficiency that can cause cramps - Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium also .. so consider em all....

    Large quantities of Acidic foods, Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar and Adrenaline all have an effect on the mineral balance - avoiding them prior to exercise could be of assistance.

    In anaerobic exercise such as lifting. Lactic acid buildup can also contribute to cramping - I've heard creatine or inosine supps can assist with that, but never tried them specifically to reduce cramping.

    Usually when I get cramps, I hit a mineral supp - something that contains Calcium and Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium in the morning. My diet gets enough sodium from my fruit and vegetables - Orange Juice is rich in Calcium and Potassium, so I dont supplement potassium if I have OJ in my diet.

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    ^^^ THIS ^^^
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    Apr 03, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Yeah it happens to me and freaks me out, they just happen at the most random times and it kinda scares me to do abs!
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    sc69 saidPotassium is not the only element deficiency that can cause cramps - Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium also .. so consider em all....

    Large quantities of Acidic foods, Alcohol, Caffeine, Sugar and Adrenaline all have an effect on the mineral balance - avoiding them prior to exercise could be of assistance.

    In anaerobic exercise such as lifting. Lactic acid buildup can also contribute to cramping - I've heard creatine or inosine supps can assist with that, but never tried them specifically to reduce cramping.

    Usually when I get cramps, I hit a mineral supp - something that contains Calcium and Vitamin D, Zinc, Magnesium in the morning. My diet gets enough sodium from my fruit and vegetables - Orange Juice is rich in Calcium and Potassium, so I dont supplement potassium if I have OJ in my diet.

    All the best


    Thanks. I haven't had any labs done since they started. I eat pretty healthy and take vitamins daily that have pretty significant doses of everything you mentioned. The first one was the worst, but I managed to stop some of the other ones by standing up and applying pressure to the area. Now that I think about it, they started when I started doing decline weighted sit-ups.
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    I get them sometimes, interesting they usually happen on non-ab days. They happen when I'm stretching at the end of my workout. It's embarrassing, I keep thinking guys will come over to see if I'm dying.
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    sometimes, only if i run a lot then work on my abs
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    Interesting discussion. Not to derail the topic - but what is the specific advantage to doing crazy amounts of reps or a lot of weighted work with abs? Is it essential if you are going for bulk elsewhere?

    (Asking since I'm more going for tone and do a fair amount of crunches, etc. about 3X a week.)
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    I used to get them when not drinking enough water or when consuming too much caffeine. At one point I was drinking probably the equivalent of 5-6 cups of coffee a day, with little water, and I would cramp. So, I cut the caffeine intake in half and upped the water intake by triple, and have been fine ever since.
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    Apr 03, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidI used to get them when not drinking enough water or when consuming too much caffeine. At one point I was drinking probably the equivalent of 5-6 cups of coffee a day, with little water, and I would cramp. So, I cut the caffeine intake in half and upped the water intake by triple, and have been fine ever since.


    Yeah noted, It could definitely be a caffeine issue. I'll try to scale back a lot. I get plenty of water though.
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    Apr 03, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    How long has this been happening? Just to state the obvious, Abs are pretty notorious for cramping when you first start a new program, or have a long hiatus. After two or three weeks on-program, the problem usually goes away.

    In college, some of the guys had a great time suckering other guys into trying out that "ab wheel" thing in the dorm. "Hey, these are easy, I can do a zillion of these, no problem. You wasted your money on this thing."
    ... Three minutes later *writhing in agony.* icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif