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    why do my muscles lock up after a good workout?

    i hope this is ok to post here.....

    ive googled and searched for over a week now... even asked others- cant find anything. does this happen to anyone else? for ex if i worked out bis hard, i cant even wash my hair that night with out them locking up while i contract them (apx 45 degree angle) or like today i hit legs super hard, if i sit in a chair and raise my leg up by bending at the knee, it'll lock and hurt bad- ill have to slowly force it back down. its a little hard to explain and happens with about 2 muscles a month. usualy legs,bi's, or tri's

    fyi, im only on whey protein and multi. drink 1.5 gals of water minimum, eat alot, and sleep 8-9 hours every night.

    anyone have any info?
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    This happens to my brother a lot. Im an aspiring strength coach so when I trained with him and he asked me what was happening I researched and couldnt find anything...The same thing happens to him though and I know that yoga has helped him drastically.
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    Sounds like you're getting a muscular cramp? Is that what you mean by locking up?

    If so, make sure you get like 50g whey and 2 bananas post workout, within 30 minutes of lifting, preferably. This should help your muscles get some fuel in them immediately, and avoid them cramping on you.
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    Funny you should ask this was just brought up in one of the chat threads. Are you taking in enough potassium, calcium & vitamin D?
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    yes its like a muscle cramp but it will lock up every time its flexed for up to 12 hours. i thought it was normal untill i ask ppl, everyone was like "thats odd"

    i do take whey ice cream milkshake and banana 15 min after a workout and eat alot 30-40min after a workout


    thanks patkoch, i guess ill try stretch'n longer before and after my workout


    ill try to up my potassium, i also drink ALOT of milk. prob 3/4 a gal a day, every day


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    I used to have this way back when I first picked up a dumbbell. Tight muscles contribute to it. Overworking your muscles can also lead to it.
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    Originally Posted by MWheatley View Post
    Funny you should ask this was just brought up in one of the chat threads. Are you taking in enough potassium, calcium & vitamin D?
    This would be my suspicion.

    My dad had this happening to him after hard trail hikes...as it turned out, it was a sodium/potassium imbalance.

    The banana is right up that alley...though avocados have more potassium
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    Ya, potassium is hard as hell to get lol. Also, try stretching BETWEEN sets. Not only could it help with this problem, it also helps clear some of the lactic acid out and refresh you for next set. More relevant on higher rep routines (12-15), but still useful.
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    bananas and WATER... and STRETCH

    i kinda know what u mean...
    I tend to stretch after EVERY set, even supersets, get/use a short bench and stretch ur entire arm(bi/tris) whatever ur working and let it stretch out, u shouldn't feel so much "locking out/soreness" after and ull probably see some more growth in your arms too...

    Also, make sure u drink LOTS of water, i'm serious, i didn't notice real improvements until i LITERALLY started to drink about a GALLON of water per workout, n this just includes sips from my water bottle and trips to the water fountain, water is INCREDIBLY key to growth and not "locking out/soreness" in your muscles, i hope this helps!
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    well for one..obviously your getting a great workout..and 2 i would just suggest stretching alooottt~!!! ..im a big guy..but was in martial arts for 9 years growing up...i have kept my flexibility and i know one thing for sure that stretching helps alot with bodybuilding....have you seen ronnie coleman stretch his legs??? hes one flexible mofo ppl probably wouldnt assume so seeing as how big he is...but yeh hope i helped a lil
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