You guys/gals ever experience abdominal muscle cramps? I've been having them on a semi-daily basis for the last month or so. Yes, I am talking about a cramp in my abominal muscles, usually localized on one side. Hurts a lot for a couple of minutes, and all I can do is bend over and wait until it passes. I've noticed they are usually triggered when I am trying to get out of a tight position, like getting out from under my jeep. Yes, I am certain these are muscle cramps. I can feel the actual muscle tightening up painfully.
I've had calf cramps ("charlie horses") before, but, until recently, never ab cramps.
Thread: ab muscle cramps
08-23-2011, 05:32 PM #1
ab muscle cramps
08-23-2011, 05:57 PM #2
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Stay hydrated; don't shy away from the liquids. I've had ab cramps and they can be triggered, or made worse, by lack of hydration. And they can be scary when the ab muscle feel like they have a mind of their own.A bodybuilder uses the weight to work the muscle.
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Comes with age and can be caused by your abs not being in shape. You can do situps, but have weak obliques. Also, if you are taking a supplement with creatine, it can cause you to cramp if you do not drink plenty of water. So can diet supplements, again, without plenty of water. Coffee with caffeine can cause cramping too since caffeine is a diuretic.
Whatever you do, don't take a pre or intra workout drink and then have coffee after your workout. You're asking for muscle cramps.
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Make sure your getting enough potassium along with the water"The tendency to slow down and develop an inferiority complex at the age of mental maturity, around the age of 40, falsely believing oneself to be slipping because of age," is one of the major fears that limit a man's potential.
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I've been having a similar problem of late. I've been really upping the intensity of my workouts in the past month and I'm cramping all over especially in the latissmus dorsi region, had an ab cramp the other day. I'm pretty well hydrated (half gallon to a gallon a day), I do have a banana every day with my post workout protein shake. I'm betting I'm just not getting enough of something somewhere...haven't narrowed it down yet. I've never taken a multi...thinking I might need to look into that.No one raindrop believes it is to be blamed for the flood. -anonymous
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A PT friend of mine recommends increasing salt intake if you are having muscle cramps if you are already keeping your fluids up.
Playing rugby I would always drink tons of water but would still cramp up late in the game. Once I started eating just a little salt (less than a fast food packet) with water before a match and at half time, I didn't have any more problems.The only easy day was yesterday. Navy SEALs
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Other than drinking plenty of water, which you already do, stretching the abs is the best thing to help them. I get them sometimes in my abs and that's when I know that I've been slacking on ab exercises and/or stretching them out. lol I read a recent post similar to this one where someone suggested drinking pickle juice to help muscle cramps. After doing some reading about it, I'm going to check it out, so you may want to look into that also. Good luck!Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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