Why do my Quads Cramp Up after Leg Day
- 09-20-2013, 09:50 PM
Why do my Quads Cramp Up after Leg Day
I'm currently doing 5/3/1 and I don't know why but everytime on leg day, once I'm done and later in the day, my quads cramp up. Specifically, my inner quads (Vastus Medialis). I can't figure as to what might be causing this? I notice that it's more severe when I do leg extensions.
Anyone ever have this happen and how did you fix it?
And yes I hydrate properly.
- 09-20-2013, 10:02 PM
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- 09-20-2013, 10:37 PM
09-20-2013, 11:00 PM
Do a cool down after.
Think about if you have muscle imbalances that could be straining the quads as a result.
09-20-2013, 11:45 PM
Foam roll the anterior portion of your leg and see if ya find a trigger point. Bet ya find more than 1 tender spot but observe for a muscle spasm or referred pain associated with one spot in particular.
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09-21-2013, 08:54 AM
Are you using creatine?
09-21-2013, 02:07 PM
I have this happen but the only way it doesn't happen to me is if I don't give it my all or lift like a wuss. Seriously. I would say eat for repair, hydration, potassium and creatine should help.
09-22-2013, 07:31 PM
I am taking creatine and also suspect that I might have a muscle imbalance with my inner quads in which they are being over worked some how.
I will definitely start doing some foam rolling after my workouts to avoid any soreness and loosen the muscles up.
I am on my second cycle of the 5/3/1 program and it is brutal but I like it. What supplement has done wonders for recovery for you?
I am thinking of getting some HMB to aid with recovery. Any suggestions?
09-22-2013, 11:05 PM
I have not found anything that makes it stop. I have had some relief using muscle cream from efts, ice and mamouth amounts of calories lol.
09-23-2013, 05:11 AM
Not sure specifically if an imbalance would cause cramps.
I might get off the creatine for a few weeks or so and see if they stop.
I go by making the easiest single changes, then one can usually zero in, on what actually is the cause.
Not sure about the HMB and it is costly. Magnesium may help however.
09-23-2013, 07:40 AM
Magnesium works wonders. Personally, I like a hot bath with epsom salt twice per week, and one of the days is always a leg day. Extremely relaxing.
With that said, make sure you are actually hydrated. Drink as much water as you think you should each day and then a little more, especially if you take a bath, they make you sweat too.
Stretch after you workout. And after a hot bath. You are warmed up, loose, can reach a little further and loosen up tight muscles.
Try a mineral supplement, not just magnesium, for a full spectrum of electrolytes and other minerals.
I'm not a product rep, I don't know if Millennium Sport Technologies has a presence here but I've always liked their ZMK product as part of a recovery supplement regimen. (ZMK, not ZMA)
They have another one called Athlytes as well, a specific electrolyte formulation you may want to look in to. I'm sure companies that advertise here have a similar product too.
A benefit supplements like these is that you get proper ratios. No blocked or otherwise compromised absorption issues which could also be a potential problem for you in your diet/supplement regimen.
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09-24-2013, 05:14 PM
Will start monitoring sodium and potassium.
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