It’s 2 am and you wake up screaming because your muscles are cramping up in your calf. Toes curled and writing in pain you wait for the moment to pass.
While this sometimes night time occurrence may be on and off again and tolerable, muscle cramping during training sessions can be debilitating.
If you’re suffering from muscle cramping during exercise under 60 minutes in duration, are drinking at least a gallon of water per day AND are making sure that you’re replenishing your salt electrolytes then there are only a few other options left for you to stop the pain of cramps, which I’ve outlined below.
Supplements that treat dehydration
ELECTROLYTES: Magnesium, potassium, sodium.
You can opt to take these supplements at night or during the day. Magnesium can be taken in tablet form alone OR with a Zinc blend called “ZMA” at night.
Read more about ZMA HERE.
What to avoid
Your enemy (at least temporarily) will be coffee, tea, soda, and alcoholic drinks. These are all forms of diuretics, which means they can dehydrate you more because they all pull water from your body. If you are suffering from serious dehydration, yo might need IV fluids or even a hospital visit.
No laughing matter.
Ensure that you are getting all the liquid you need throughout the day and intra workout as well as making sure you stretch and foam roll!
Give yourself the gift of foam rolling on the daily, listen to this physical therapy article with tips
Try these stretches for leg cramps from Verywellfit
No amount of hope or supplementation alone will help you get past the cramping which is going to hinder your ability to go hard during your training sessions.
Train hard, eat well, rest up, hydrate.