• gumbosolo

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    Oct 20, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    When I started working out about five years ago, I noticed my muscles tended to shake a lot. I had serious tension issues and restricted breathing back then, which I've mostly sorted out, yet it still happens, particularly when I have to sustain a position for a while; for example, when I do a plank position, which I can easily hold for three minutes, often longer, my entire body will shake slightly. It's not painful, it doesn't interfere with the exercise and it doesn't get worse as I get tired. I can make it stop, but no matter how much I work my core and abs, the tendency is still there.

    This gets me thinking to some of my voice training as an actor, some of which has involved a process called deconstruction where we'd assume certain difficult positions, actively seeking a point where we began to shake, with the idea that it helped unseat habitual, unconscious tensions. So I wonder: is this shaking a healthy, normal thing, or is there some set of muscles I'm not paying attention to?
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    Oct 20, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    For me, I shake too when I do planks and side planks especially in yoga where we have to hold it for minutes at a time, I've never been to concerned by them, they are irritating though, they can be very distracting.

    I asked my trainer and his thoughts on it where as long as you don't feel pain or the wrong sort of discomfort then I shouldn't worry about it, which I never do.

    I do wonder what others will say though.
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    Oct 21, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    I shake if I haven't eaten well the day before. Gotta fuel those muscles before a workout. Unless you're an alcoholic, in which case that certainly adds fuel to the fire. Stay hydrated and sated. Gumbo, give me a shout and let's get into trouble somewhere in this city of sin. LOLicon_wink.gif
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    Oct 21, 2008 2:09 AM GMT
    I have a similar problem when I try to hold a muscle contraction. It's particularly acute for my triceps. I haven't noticed a correlation to how much I eat, but I don't think it's a big deal.

    It sounds like from your post that you only have this problem when you work out, in which case I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you have it just in the course of normal activities then it would concern me icon_confused.gif