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I've noticed that later in the day after working out x muscle group, those muscles will sometimes cramp when flexing for some reason. Usually cold, not warmed up or anything. What nutrition am I missing? Its not pleasant and I don't remember this happening earlier in life. Sometimes it will happen the next day. Cramping lats, etc. Maybe I need to stretch?
 

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I've noticed that later in the day after working out x muscle group, those muscles will sometimes cramp when flexing for some reason. Usually cold, not warmed up or anything. What nutrition am I missing? Its not pleasant and I don't remember this happening earlier in life. Sometimes it will happen the next day. Cramping lats, etc. Maybe I need to stretch?
Stretching helps me a lot. I'm prone to cramping in my legs, especially calves.

Electrolyte balance is reported to play a big role, especially magnesium, and also potassium (most people get more than enough sodium) but I've never supplemented magnesium or potassium, or been aware of having a deficiency, so I don't know from personal experience how significant the effect is.

I've had some people tell me supplementing with magnesium largely eliminated their cramping issues.

Stretching seems to be 99% effective for me. Last time I got a major cramp was the one day I didn't bother stretching.
 

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I'm switching it up and going in for night time gym as soon as i'm out of this meeting.

Deadlift/shoulders/bi's day today.

Not really going heavy yet. I'm still working my way up after those years of covid lockdowns.

Currently sitting at 180-ish lbs. I'll probably hang out there until I get some of my strength back. I wonder at what age old man strength kicks in 🤔 I gotta be getting close.
 

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I'm switching it up and going in for night time gym...
I am in awe of people that can lift in the morning. I couldn't do it.

Most of the time I lift between 9pm-11pm.

The rest of the time it's between 11pm-1am...

...Because sanity is worthless.
 

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Lol different strokes…. I can’t even fathom pounding some no xplode at 10:45 pm for some gainz.
*Looks up ingredient list for NO Xplode*

Oh, yeah, that wouldn't be a fun time at 10:45pm.

I mix my own preworkout; no caffeine, no beta alanine.

L Citrulline Malate
L Tyrosine
L Theanine
Gingko Biloba
Panax Ginseng
Ashwaghanda

Mostly it's just like 10g of L Citrulline Malate and then some nootropics.

I want to try Alpha GPC, Agmatine Sulfate, and... Maybe Betaine Anhydrous? That might be overkill after all the L Citrulline Malate, but I figure I'll give it a go at some point because why not screw with my body chemistry until I finally get the weird secret Hulk Strength Formula?
 

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I am in awe of people that can lift in the morning. I couldn't do it.

Most of the time I lift between 9pm-11pm.

The rest of the time it's between 11pm-1am...

...Because sanity is worthless.
oh yeah the early morning routine was out of necessity because of the hours I work and gyms not being open when I sometimes do a 13-15hr day late in the night.
I've been on 11-12's for a while now, but with the covid restrictions lightening up, I can do night gym again. When hard crunch time hits at work, which will be soon, I'll have to flip back to mornings again just to get it in especially since I work mostly with the west coast and my hours get messy since I'm on the east coast. :/
 

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Stretching helps me a lot. I'm prone to cramping in my legs, especially calves.

Electrolyte balance is reported to play a big role, especially magnesium, and also potassium (most people get more than enough sodium) but I've never supplemented magnesium or potassium, or been aware of having a deficiency, so I don't know from personal experience how significant the effect is.

I've had some people tell me supplementing with magnesium largely eliminated their cramping issues.

Stretching seems to be 99% effective for me. Last time I got a major cramp was the one day I didn't bother stretching.
potassium is critical for mitigating cramps ime. Either you get enough in your diet to offset the gradual loss that occurs naturally and through exercise, or you have to supplement it. I make a homebrew ORS that's identical to WHO's formulation and never have issues with cramping anymore. It's also killer for preventing hangovers
 

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potassium is critical for mitigating cramps ime. Either you get enough in your diet to offset the gradual loss that occurs naturally and through exercise, or you have to supplement it. I make a homebrew ORS that's identical to WHO's formulation and never have issues with cramping anymore. It's also killer for preventing hangovers
Do tell. Any ingredients from Bulk Supplements?
 

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Do tell. Any ingredients from Bulk Supplements?
yup.
Here's WHO's recipe:

2.6 g/L NACL (table salt duh)
2.9g/L Trisodium Citrate (bulk supplements sells it)
1.5g/L Potassium Chloride (bulk supplements sells it)
13.5g/L granulated sugar

I tend to leave out the table salt and sugar unless I'm working my ass off. The citrate and potassium are more than enough for maintenance. Combine with favorite drink mix to flavor it as it's awful on its own
 

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yup.
Here's WHO's recipe:

2.6 g/L NACL (table salt duh)
2.9g/L Trisodium Citrate (bulk supplements sells it)
1.5g/L Potassium Chloride (bulk supplements sells it)
13.5g/L granulated sugar

I tend to leave out the table salt and sugar unless I'm working my ass off. The citrate and potassium are more than enough for maintenance. Combine with favorite drink mix to flavor it as it's awful on its own
Really, that's it? This is too easy, I already have a bag of K. If you were to add some Mg, what form would you use?
 

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Really, that's it? This is too easy, I already have a bag of K. If you were to add some Mg, what form would you use?
I wouldn't add any. You can get Mg pretty easily through diet, and it's nowhere near as critical of an electrolyte for rehydration.
 


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