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2/8/13 10:01 A

Dear Johnny,

You're a bid dude, man. Take it from another big dude who gets leg cramps, stretch, drink plenty of water and eat a banana or two every day. I have a banana about 20 minutes before my swim and I spend that 20 minutes stretching my legs (especially my calves), back and shoulders before I get in the pool. There are probably 4-5 different calf stretches you can do. I have also found that if I ride the stationary bike for about 10 minutes as a warm-up before I stretch, I stretch better and don't have any cramps in the pool.

Here's another suggestion. When it comes to breaststroke kick, don't point your toes so much. At the end of your kick relax your feet a little. This might help you to keep from cramping up.

Let me know how it goes.

Jonny Mac

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2/7/13 11:36 A

thanks both. It is a shame as was really getting into it. I agree probably done too much too fast. Will see how it is after a few days. thanks.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,715
2/7/13 11:06 A

I'd agree that you're probably doing too much, too soon. My suggestion would be to rest from activity for a few days, and see how your calf feels. If the pain persists or gets worse, then you'll want to get it checked out. If it's better, then you'll know you just need to ease into exercise a little more slowly.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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2/7/13 10:18 A

Discomfort is a sign you're working hard.

Pain is a sign something's wrong! You most assuredly have a good chance of an injury, so you need to stop exercising, and get to a doctor to get a diagnosis, since we can't tell you what it might be.

and yes, you absolutely CAN injure yourself on a treadmill; in fact, I personally think it's easier to hurt yourself on a treadmill than a road!

JOHNNY90210 SparkPoints: (2,075)
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2/7/13 10:03 A

I joined the gym this week and done a fair bit on the treadmill. Really like treadmill as can do different paces and inclines.
I noticed a few days ago a slight pulling in my calf muscle, but nothing bad.
Today I was swimming and suddenly felt that I had cramp on left side of my calf. Got a bit better once I stretched it. Could not do normal breath stroke after as hurt a bit but was fine just normal kicking in water.
Pain went away till i went to get out of pool on the steps. Really hurt when I went to get out and had to get back in water.
Pain went but now when I walk feels like a pulling on top side of my calf.
Is there a good chance I have really damaged something?? Really hope not.

I am new to excercising again and maybe have done a bit too much on treadmill this week.
Any thoughts on what I have done? Could i have pulled something even on a treadmill?
Hoping nothing bad.
Sorry this message a bit long winded lol

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