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    Strange issue with pecs spasming and cramping

    I am 35 y/o and have been a serious lifter for 20 years.


    Last year at 34 was the strongest I've ever been in my life. I was routinely benching 225 for 20+ reps and had never felt better. Anyways I had to take 3 weeks off last September and a few weeks back into it I started getting cramps on my outter pecs on chest day as I'd begin to warm up. Whether it was swinging my arms, benching the bar, warming up with 135- my outter pecs would cramp up. The first time it happened it scared the hell out of me and I called it a day. 10 days later they weren't so bad and I benched anyways and they disappeared as I got into my working weight.


    Fast forward a year and it's still happening. It's been happening on and off for a year now. Some days they are bad enough to scare me out of lifting because I don't want to tear a pec but on days when they aren't bad I cautiously lift through them. They are NEVER an issue after I lift. It's always the day before or the day of my chest workout.

    I've never touched gear, my hydration and electrolytes are always on point, I supplement magnesium, I stretch all the time, I get deep tissue and ART at least every 3 weeks- and absolutely nothing has resolved it. I got an MRI and structurally there is nothing there and my physical and message therapists can only give me a shoulder shrug.


    Has anybody ever experienced anything like this? Thanks so much in advance!
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    What's your diet like the day before and what is it that you do for electrolytes?
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    Originally Posted by brit-iron View Post
    What's your diet like the day before and what is it that you do for electrolytes?
    <--- That could be it, or you just need to take a month off.
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    Originally Posted by TheAndyThompson View Post

    Has anybody ever experienced anything like this?
    Yes, in abs and lats.

    Sounds hokey but I get immediate relief by drinking pickle juice.
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    Originally Posted by Bando View Post
    Yes, in abs and lats.

    Sounds hokey but I get immediate relief by drinking pickle juice.
    I had a friend who obtained similar relief from cramps. I came in to post about magnesium supplementation but the OP is already doing that.

    [EDIT: I just come across another supplementation for cramps: taurine. You might want to give it a try.]
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