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Muscle cramps - April 28th 2013, 01:52 AM

Oh em f-ing gee, my biceps are killing me. I do a lot of lifting at work (weekends only) and haven't hit the gym in forever (like 4 months). It's not that I can't handle the weight physically, but my muscles are always cramping up. We're talking spasms from below the elbow to the bicep head, involuntary muscle contractions, fun stuff basically. Anyone else deal with this? Could it be a diabetes thing? A diet thing? An I'm a fat slob thing? Damn.

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Re: Muscle cramps - April 28th 2013, 10:10 AM

I'm not exactly an expert on the subject but why not try and do a couple of warm-ups before lifting at work... even if it was just a couple of stretches it might make it easier afterwards. I know I usually only get muscle cramps that bad when I didn't warm up properly before exercise.

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Re: Muscle cramps - April 28th 2013, 11:33 AM

It's really important to warm up, stretch and cool down. My advice is do a little cardio to get blood pumping to your muscles (nothing too hard, just raise your heart rate a little). Then stretch every muscle you're going to use for at least 10 seconds, enough that you feel a pull but it doesn't hurt. Then lift the weights. Afterwards, stretch every muscle for at least 10 seconds again, and it's a good idea to do some gentle cardio to cool down.

This is what I do when I lift weights and it means I'm nowhere near as sore the next day. Also we studied the proper way to build muscle in PE class and this is what I was told. Hope I helped ^^

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