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Calf cramps

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Viper12161, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

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    You may be right on this. Everything I take for the high potassium levels also has magnesium and other minerals.
     
  2. MrVegas

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    For what it's worth, I've found that I get them less if I stretch out a little and massage the calf muscle a little before diving. For me, anyway, that seems to do more than anything I drink or eat.
     
  3. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    If there's magnesium deficiency you can also go for dark chocolate, avocado, cashews, tuna and a handfull other foods.
    Just wish vodka would be a source also.
     
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  4. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

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    Your best bet is putting the fins on and using them for 2 or 3 hours per week, minerals only go so far.
     
  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    The answer to magnesium-deficient vodka is Berocca the morning after.
     
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  6. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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    If you think that this is due to not exercising the calves enough, you could start running or do calves exercises followed by stretching ?

    please forgive me if you have already tried that or if this is not helpful
     
  7. IDNeon357

    IDNeon357 Nassau Grouper

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    I think finning/kicking "up/down" uses too much calf. If you press against the water similar to how you press against a bicycle peddle when you stand out of the seat (mountain biking uphill for instance).

    That motion works very well to get a LOT of power into your fin without the "kicking" that taxes your calves.
     
  8. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

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    Another vote here for bananas and g2. I don’t usually like the sugar free version but I find myself enjoying it more before dives. Not sure why
     
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  9. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Orca

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    I wish it was me who came up with this one, but it was some other SB regular. Enjoy:

    Flutter kick is the bicycle kick done wrong
     
  10. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    ..so are you guys saying that using the big leg muscles for kicking with a straight out leg is wrong, but kicking with just the lower portion of the leg below the knee is correct?

    But how come we have a full thread about calf cramps.

    If I need to really go I have to use the full leg, the kick bellow the knee tends to be for very slow multidirectional progress. Straight ahead against current or just looking for speed would be a fail for me without the thigh muscles.
     
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