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Old 01-21-2013, 08:15 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Fazc View Post
I don't know your training history so I'll just throw out some possible causes:

1) Unusual workload. So if this is a new thing that you're attempting, more volume than you'd normally do or more even just different exercises that can cause cramping particularly if done for a lot of volume. Or related to that, if you've had a particularly hard training session which has depleted you this can effect subsequent sessions also.
This session could be considered "unusual," I suppose. I dropped these Saturday Accessory days about 3-4 weeks out from my meet, and I'm just starting them up again. However, when they were part of a regular routine (ie, every Saturday for at least 8 weeks), I would still get the forearm cramping and pain.

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2) Unusual diet. If for whatever reason you're taking a lot of caffeine or possibly other compounds (viagra causes huge cramps for some people, I'm just saying!), this can effect mineral balance and can also cause you to cramp. Or you may just be prone to cramping, my brother gets a lot of cramps for no real reason.
The only thing I can think of is creatine. I've heard, but never read actual studies, about the possibility of creatine causing muscle cramps. That being said, I've also heard that's a load of shit AND I don't get cramping from any other session.

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3) Forearm weakness. Again related to number 1, if this is an unusual workload then the sheer endurance factor will cause cramping.
This is the one I feel is most likely, along with bicep weakness. In my whole career I never really trained arms directly, save for the first few months-year that I start training. Ever since then I thought it was useless. Having learned better, I'm paying for it now as I try to catch up.
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