‘Hey Jeff. This is Chris from Arkansas. I’m 34 and I’ve been a member of ATHLEANX for the last 810 months. My AX JEFF Question is What’s the difference between a cramp and a contraction During certain moves like Cable Crossovers, I’ll get a bad cramp here under my armpit. When I do things like Bicep Curls, I get a big cramp right here at the front of my arm, and when I try to do things like Barbell Hip Thrusts, I get Charley Horse cramps in my hamstrings. Now, keep in mind, I do an 812 minute Dynamic Warmup prior to working out as well as a.
Static Stretch Routine nightly. Thanks for all your information, and keep up the GREAT work.’ Thanks Chris. It’s actually a really good question. You see, when people tighten up or cramp up during an exercise, the first thing they think is going on is that they’re tight. So they’ll start stretching their muscles out. So if you’re getting them in your chest, you’ll start to stretch your chest out even the way I showed you a couple weeks ago. They’ll stretch their bicep out, or they’ll stretch their hamstring out. The problem a.
Lot of times is that the cramping is really a substitution for stability where you’re lacking strength. So, if you think about it this way, if you get cramping in your bicep, it might be that your actual bicep isn’t able to handle the load that you’re subjecting it to, so it cramps to provide stability to the joint, to the elbow, so that you can actually get through the movement without damaging it. But, a cramp isn’t a good way to form stability because a cramp will hurt, as you well know.
Muscle Cramps Working Out WHAT REALLY CAUSES THEM!
So, what we want to do is, we want to try to strengthen the muscles that are cramping more. And we do this not in a contracted position. So, if you’re trying to strengthen the bicep, you would not do it in an exercise that places peak tension at peak contraction. So, like with a Spider Curl where I’m leaning over, I’m getting peak contraction and peak tension at the same point. That’s likely going to lead to a lot of cramping. The same thing happens with a bridge, as you describe, bridging up at peak contraction.
Of the gluts and maybe into the hamstrings.you’re getting a cramp. So what you do is, for the bicep, you try to get an exercise that places peak tension in the middle of the strength curve. So, for a Barbell Curl, we get it somewhere around here, but as I get to the very top where I’m fully contracted, I actually don’t have as much tension there. So, you try to increase your strength in all of the exercises that don’t place that tension at its highest in the peak contraction state.
Once you do that, you’ll notice that when you build up your strength in those exercises, you go back to doing the exercises that were causing the problem, and you should have no problems any more. At least you should find it to be dramatically reduced. Of course, make sure you’re drinking enough and hydrating because a muscle can easily cramp at a lot higher rate and frequency when it’s not hydrated, and it’s in a dehydrated state, ok. So I hope you found this helpful, and remember guys, if you want your AX JEFF Question answered.