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Caffeine Leading to Cramping?


#1

I've experienced muscle cramping my last two workouts for the first time ever. The only thing I can figure I changed it that I consumed to caffeine before each of the workouts (in pill form) just after taking my creatine.

Anyone else experience this or have a scientific explanation?

All help appreciated...

P.S. I probably looked the biggest fool in the gym doing explosive standing back extensions (which was really just me trying to control my ab spasms!). Real good.


#2

Caffiene causes dehydration which causes cramps. Drink more water.


#3

+1, just like tea.


#4

Yeah, so does creatine. DRink UP


#5

I agree with the others, about drinking more water.

Are you working out in the morning?


#6

Actually, neither caffeine, nor creatine cause significant dehydration in the doses normally consumed.

It's more likely that were a little low on electrolyes or H2O to begin with.


#7

Both workouts were in the evening, right after work. I'd consumed about 1.5-2 liters of water up to that point in the day (which is about typical for me).

Creatine consumption was 5 g and caffeine was 200 mg.

Electrolytes could have been depleted I suppose, but, again, I wasn't doing anything different than normal, other than the caffeine.

I mean, it has to be either the electrolytes or the water. I was just surprised that this amount of caffeine could make such a difference.

Thanks for the thoughts so far...