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Stomach Muscles Cramping During Sit-Ups?

Postby showlett » Wed May 19, 2010 12:13 am

My stomach muscles sometimes cramp/lockup after doing a minimal amount of sit-ups. The muscles will tighten so badly that I have to lay flat and wait for them to relax before I can continue. I've done sit-ups my whole life and much more aggressively, but never had this problem until a couple of years ago, and it's not consistent. Could it be age, or something else? Someone suggested dehydration to me once, but I drink plenty of water.
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Re: Stomach Muscles Cramping During Sit-Ups?

Postby ShortTimer » Wed May 19, 2010 12:21 am

showlett wrote:My stomach muscles sometimes cramp/lockup after doing a minimal amount of sit-ups. The muscles will tighten so badly that I have to lay flat and wait for them to relax before I can continue. I've done sit-ups my whole life and much more aggressively, but never had this problem until a couple of years ago, and it's not consistent. Could it be age, or something else? Someone suggested dehydration to me once, but I drink plenty of water.


Potassium shortage? Try eating a banana a day for a couple weeks and see if this goes away.
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Postby ksolem » Wed May 19, 2010 7:31 pm

Muscle cramps can certainly be nutritional in origin, or due to dehydration.

Also, If you have been doing traditional sit ups and crunches for a long time you might consider refining your ab workouts by learning the Pilates "roll up," and it's relative exercises. One proper roll up is worth a half dozen sit ups, and it is better for your back as well.

I just looked for a while to find a utube or video of someone teaching a proper roll up to post a link, but I didn't find even one which is right. If you're interested, email me via my profile and I'll send you some good stuff selected out from some articles I've written.
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Postby showlett » Wed May 19, 2010 8:09 pm

Thanks! I did some outside research and of course they say get plenty of electrolytes, potassium, and magnesium. Basically they don't know for sure, but a daily vitamin is recommended. There was one article that said don't do sit-ups after drinking caffeine or alcohol, and I had some coffee before doing the sit-ups.

I'll have to keep all these possible triggers in mind, and see if I can pinpoint it. It also seems worse post kid, which other female posters have said.
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Postby showlett » Wed May 19, 2010 8:29 pm

Thanks! I did some outside research and of course they say get plenty of electrolytes, potassium, and magnesium. Basically they don't know for sure, but a daily vitamin is recommended. There was one article that said don't do sit-ups after drinking caffeine or alcohol, and I had some coffee before doing the sit-ups.

I'll have to keep all these possible triggers in mind, and see if I can pinpoint it. It also seems worse post kid, which other female posters have said.
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Postby ksolem » Wed May 19, 2010 11:19 pm

Adding the fact of a pregnacy brings questions to mind you should probably ask a professional.

Were you doing hard abs exercises during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester?

Is this when the pain started?

You probably should get a consult with a physical therapist with solid post natal and sports experience. I can suggest an excellent woman who works in Burbank.
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