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Stiffness in the calf after running? [closed]

After years without exercise I recently started running 15 minutes each morning. Yesterday I started feeling a sensitivity in the calf, and today it's stronger. I don't actually feel pain but it's a ...
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What is the best stretch to alleviate pain after a charley horse?

Once in a while I’ll wake up to a lovely charley horse (or muscle spasm) in my calf. What is the best stretch or exercise to do immediately following this?
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How do you relieve a cramp in an awkward part of your body?

I occasionally get random cramps in weird parts of my body. Parts that I can't seem to find a way to stretch. The only thing I can do is try to massage it or use my vibrating massage ball against it. ...
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How can I fix sloshing while running?

I have a fairly persistent problem with "sloshing" sounds when running. Specifically, on the downbeat of each step, I get this feeling and sound like there's fluid being dropped suddenly. It's ...
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What can I add to banana muffins to increase Magnesium content for endurance bike rides?

While I'm slowly becoming obsessed with taking ultra long (by my previous standard) 70+ km bike rides, I'm waking up in the middle of the night with agonizing 30 to 60-minute calf muscle cramps. The ...
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Cramping in the soles of my feet during certain stretches

I always used to be a very flexible person. In middle school, I could do full splits straddle and front-and-back on both sides. Even into high school and college, I continued to be able to do lotus ...
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Calf cramp by swimming

I'm running, I'm biking, I'm swimming... breaststroke. The problem is, when I try to swim anything else than breaststoke (backstroke, crawl) I'm getting calf cramp very quickly... which is double ...
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What can be the cause of pain in almost my whole lower body/lower legs while running? [closed]

I ran for months without having any pain. Some days I had some muscle strain, but that is normal. Because of my personal circumstances, I stopped running for a while. The last weeks before the stop I ...
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Warming up calf muscles for general work out session

I'm at the gym 2-3 times per week and run a standard set of machines (full body work out) to stay healthy and (hopefully) tune my body a bit. One of the machines for training the legs always causes ...
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Experiencing cramps in posterior pelvic crest after even light jogs

Brief background: I am an experienced athlete, 30 yrs old, 190lb/5'11; I play soccer and have always had a very fast 300m. Last couple of months, I have been doing crossfit. I have been going up in ...
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Unable to accustome to running in higher temperatures as a runner

I've just completed my first marathon last sunday. It was pretty much a global disaster. I started cramping up at the 18km (11mile) mark before completely comming to a halt at km 31 (19.5 miles). I ...
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Abdominal exercise through menstrual cramps or stop?

This is 1 question that has always been in my head ever since I started trying to go from fat and obese to muscular and healthy weight. If my abs are sore or down and outright in pain, I will not do ...
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Is there permanent damage done when exercising through cramps?

I had decided to bike a longer route than I usually do and ended up getting caught in the rain and biked back to my car with some extreme leg cramps. It was extremely painful, but I didn't want to get ...
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Exercises to alleviate shoulder cramp [closed]

For some reason my shoulders are cramped up since last night. Lacking any other probable causes I blame temperature. Now I've been having trouble moving both my shoulders for a couple of hours ...
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How to prevent calf cramps while swimming?

I haven't swum in a very long time, although I used to be able to swim with the crawl stroke pretty well as a kid. Now after a couple decades of not using that stroke my body has forgotten how. My ...
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Taping for calf cramps

Once a month, I play three games of ultimate frisbee in a single day for an ongoing competition. I usually start getting calf cramps halfway through the third game. Now, I know the main ways to ...
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How can I tell if it is a cramp or tear? [closed]

Is there anyway I can tell a difference between a muscle cramp and a muscle tear? I was running today on the treadmill, and decided to increase the speed a little bit, but after some time my left calf ...
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How to avoid calf activation in isolation leg curls/extensions?

This weekend I had a bad calf cramp in the last part of a combat stick sparring match (Calf cramped right as I pushed off for a strike, and then really locked up). Yesterday and today sore when ...
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severe pain after squats

I usually walk 5 km everyday and suddenly thought of doing squats without any warm up. I did 20 repetitions, 2 times, and never felt any pain at all. In the evening, I felt stiffness, but then, I was ...
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Calf cramps after swimming - pain persisting 2 days later [duplicate]

So, 2 days ago I was swimming in the ocean with my kids for a while, I also did some freestyle swimming for exercise - about 250M. I swim a decent amount but that plus just swimming with my kids was ...
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How Can I avoid cramps in the thighs during leg raises?

When doing hanging leg raises, I get cramps in my thighs after very few repetitions, usually after about 5 or so. This stops me progressing in the training. What causes them and what can I do to ...
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Dealing with ankle cramps in open water

I sometimes get cramps in my ankles when swimming freestyle. What are some good strategies for dealing with them during an open water race? Preventative measures would also be of interest.
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Pain in my chest when doing shoulder shimmies

Long story short, I took some belly-dancing classes a few years back, and recently I've been following along videos with a friend of mine. I'm largely good, except for shoulder shimmies. Every time I ...
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Partial cramping in VM after squats

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 ...
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What can explain my feet cramping while using swim fins when I swim in the afternoon/evening?

I've been swimming for the last couple years and currently swim 4 times a week. Two of those days I swim in the morning, the other two are in the evening. Whenever I swim in the evening and swim a set ...
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What causes side stitches?

From time to time during aerobic workouts such as running or heavy cycling, I get side stitches that force me to slow down my effort. What causes side stitches? I know that reducing your effort ...
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Legs cramping in cold weather after leg workouts

Why are my legs cramping in cold weather the day that I work them out? Recently, after I workout my legs, usually pretty intense workouts that range from high intensity to low rep high weight, they ...
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I still kinda have a cramp from when I ran [closed]

So in gym class we had to run for 12min and I did 2.3km during that time. At the end I had a really bad cramp, but when she said 1min left, I still sprinted during the hole time. At the end I had a ...
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What can I do to prevent cramps after 19 km?

The last 3-4 times I have run half-marathon or similar distances, I have experienced the preliminary symptoms of cramps around the 19 km mark. It comes as a suddenly "bite" in the upper part of my ...
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How to avoid cramps during beach volleyball tournament (extreme hot weather)

Just a quick question when summer came. I usually play 5 to 6 matches on beach volleyball tournaments and there is 35 Celsius degrees in the shadow but of course there is no shadow on the field. ...
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Does running cause menstrual-style cramps?

I'm a new runner (a few weeks in) and not due to start my period for another week. I had to stop a mile in today because I got a ghost cramps out of nowhere and REALLY wanted a vicodin. (It was ...
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Severe Muscle cramp during abdomen crunch

I have fat around my Belly, and whenever I try to do Abdomen crunch, I get severe (or massive) muscle cramp in my belly which prevents me from doing anything for next 30 minutes due to intense pain. ...
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Why do I get cramps all the time?

Fairly often, I get cramps that are really painful. I've noticed that there seem to be 2 different varieties of these cramps. Random Foot Cramps - these are just cramps that I get in either of my ...