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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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    Growing up I use to train for tennis competitions, high cardio my entire child hood from age 7 till age 22 about 3-5 hours of cardio 6 days a week. I ended up taking a 3 year break of fitness and since been trying to get back in the gym but I too am experiencing with what a "muscle lock up" is and searching for a solution. There is a difference between a muscle cramp and a muscle lock up, but they are similar, almost like a lock up you can feel coming on. You can hit the weights or even cardio hard and what ever muscle you are working out, you are feeling ok until you stop.... Once you stop, you can feel the lock up coming on and your done, no more reps, no more running. A cramp can just feel like your muscle is trying to rip itself out of you body with immediate intense pain, while a lock up makes you feel like you have zero strength and very weak for a little while. The other day it happened after only 2 machines, light weight, for triceps, and quickly I was done, both arms locked up as soon as I finished a set and I couldn't even pick up my towel, and couldn't even open a door for 15 minutes. The same thing will happen to legs after a cardio session (short but intense), and it scary, working out even cardio sometimes and coming down stairs and thinking you could lock up and fall all the way down the stairs in front of everyone in a large gym such as LA fitness... and I'm only 27, and not overweight. better stick to much slower and longer pace, than short and fast.

    unsuccessful remedies:
    I have tried increasing my water intake ( to prevent cramping)
    potassium tabs
    magnesium pills
    balanced diet
    stretching before and after

    Almost as if the body is producing too much lactic acid, OR the muscles are not getting what they need immediately, maybe like oxygen for example even though I should have good circulation, with no other symptoms and have also tried the NO3 supplements for rapid delivery.

    One thing that kind of helps sometimes is after you are close to a lock up, actually take a break for 15 min and sometimes you feel a lot better after to work out again, its weird, and no one wants to interrupt their routine, but usually the muscles are ready to go again after a prolonged break.

    I have learned its not so much the endurance as it is the amount of intensity of exercise that will cause a lock up. I can walk 15 miles no problem, but walking up 4 flight of stairs and locking up? ok.....

    A lot of doctors have no clue, the condition is not getting worst, but I can't even find what its called to even look it up and continue my search. One medical personnel did tell me youth athlete muscle fibers become permanently extremely twisted as a teenagers working and training hard while his/her muscles are still growing. Good luck on your search, as I will need it with mine.
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    Any drastic changes in sodium, increases in water?

    I would get cramping as I load water days leading into a show. The body is flushing out.
    Replenish electrolytes, maintain sodium levels- Magnesium was helpful short term, or just coincidental last show.. Mine were short 10-20 second intense toes and calf cramps, only in a laying position say if I lifted my foot from under a sheet.
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