FIT Ab cramping

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Mike Hawk

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I still haven't found a solid answer for this, I've been Googling and I'm still not finding any solid answers on my why abs would cramp up when I work them out. I have no other issues with cramping besides my forearms after a good workout. I take in a very sufficient amount of water every day, sometimes I wonder if overhydration would be the issue, but I would think it would effect other body parts. My water intake varies from 2-2.5 gallons a day, some days a little more. I eat a very clean, healthy diet with about 4 cups of veggies a day (mixed, stir fry). I eat a banana every morning. Greek yogurt throughout the day. I'd say my potassium intake is solid. Sodium intake is good. I'm in good cardiovascular shape with no signs of diabetes.

It's a long shot, but I'm hoping someone has some reasoning. :wavey:
 
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Mike Hawk

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How much time is there between the start of your workout and when you last ate (including snacks)
I go about an hour after my dinner. These aren't the types of cramps you get when you run, these are visibly ab muscles locking up. 99% of the time it's my lower 2 abs, sometimes my mid. Never the upper.
 

The Grid

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May 23, 2007
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I had the exact same problem. Exact same.

I do them on off days, 6 total sets, no crunches, just leg lifts; planks; roll outs; ab coaster


After hitting them routinely they slowly started to cramp less and less. Now I don't get any cramps :dunno:
 
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Mike Hawk

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May 4, 2009
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I had the exact same problem. Exact same.

I do them on off days, 6 total sets, no crunches, just leg lifts; planks; roll outs; ab coaster


After hitting them routinely they slowly started to cramp less and less. Now I don't get any cramps :dunno:
this isn't something I can work up to. It's after my first set, regardless of what exercise. I've been trying to work up to it for a year, it's a consistent problem.
 

Ceaze

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Jun 4, 2000
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Don't know how many times I have to say this on here, so I'll put it in big letters.

Deficiency in any electrolyte can cause cramping, NOT JUST POTASSIUM. Too much water can also cause cramping by depleting your electrolytes.
 

NUDES

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May 19, 2007
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Magnesium makes this go away for me. 400mg pre workout. I'm sure that doesn't fall in line with the TrueProtein PreSuperStackInfusedLightningEarthQuake PreWorkoutProtocolVersion xy7. But it's what I do.
 

Finest

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Same here.

But then again, I just attributed it to me not hitting abs as often as I should and usually throw it in at the end of a long workout. It'll take at least 5-10 minutes of intense stretching to finally get my abs to relax. Always the lower abs too.
 
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