I've experienced this twice now. A few hours after my workout, I'll be lounging around (with my leg bent) and suddenly get a slight burn in my VM ("the teardrop"). If I straighten my leg, the burn intensifies.

Is this a sign I really do need to start stretching post-workout or do I just need more potassium?

I'm doing Strong Lifts, so my legs are getting worked pretty hard.

  • How intense is your squats program? With dumbbells, barbell, or machine? – Kneel-Before-ZOD Jan 28 '15 at 14:39
  • @Kneel, see edit. – Tyler Jan 28 '15 at 15:42
  • Based on the information given (Stronglifts requires you to have low, warmup sets so that your muscles are adapted to the weights), I highly doubt that the cramp is caused by the squats. I would suggest you pay more attention to other activities performed after the exercises. And yes, you likely need more potassium :). Good luck :) – Kneel-Before-ZOD Jan 28 '15 at 16:18

Even with the measures you've indicated, there's no guarantee that the cramps will stop. Cramping is not well understood. It's not simply caused by low potassium, sodium, or electrolytes. Those may certainly affect cramping, but, there are other factors involved, some of which, are not fully understood. Age, prior injury, and, recovery ability can certainly play a role in the severity and frequency of cramps. You should try to record the circumstances that may have resulted in your cramping (even if only making a mental note) when it occurs. Later, if you have another episode you can refer to your notes to try and figure it out. I've been troubled by calf cramps in only one leg. I've started to build some anecdotal evidence that it may have something to do with consuming caffeine before a training session. Stretching has helped, but, they persist with no rhyme or reason that I can tell as yet.

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