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    Calf advice

    So, there I was yesterday, day 29 of Full Circuit going full throttle with The Prodigy playing loud in the background. Circuit five and intense pain from my right calf muscle which had me limping away in defeat. I iced it immediately and then later rolled it with Pilates ball and then a hot bath and put a calf support on over night. Its still uncomfortable to walk on but the pain is only moderate.

    My question is how soon to start exercising on it again and are there any remedial exercises I can/should be doing to assist?

    Also I've been using the first set as a warm up, which had been going fine so far but I'm just wondering if I should be doing a 'proper' warm up before circuits..?

    #2
    Originally posted by ZakalweZ View Post

    My question is how soon to start exercising on it again and are there any remedial exercises I can/should be doing to assist?
    Listen to your body. If it feels like a little muscle sorenss your can do light workouts. Normally a couple of days are enough. You can start with upper body workouts early.

    Originally posted by ZakalweZ View Post
    Also I've been using the first set as a warm up, which had been going fine so far but I'm just wondering if I should be doing a 'proper' warm up before circuits..?
    A warm up is always the best choice. Same as stretching before or afterwards. Its up to you, both reduce the risk of an injury.

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      #3
      Don't do load-bearing exercises while the calf is still injured.
      So bouncing on your toes is a no.
      Walking should be fine, but jogging is probably not good for a few days.

      However gently(!) stretching the calf and doing exercises that aren't focused on it (I think push ups would be fine, for example) should be fine.

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        #4
        IF you did sports in school first thing you learn is how to warm up.. I use to run and my coach always had us to a 5 minute (light day) or a half mile (regular to hard day) speed walk/ jog to warm up I suggest since your calf is hurt not to do the jogging but you can speed walk to warm up then do stretches for the calves it also might be pain in the calf but might be due to a different muscle or tendon.. I know I can get pain in the calf but the pain is actually from the Achilles Tendon since it runs from the calf down to the heel so I would also make sure I do heel stretches.

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          #5
          Taking magnesium nutritional supplements can help too. Magnesium helps relaxing the strained muscles. You can take more than the recommended amount for the time your calves still hurt to unfold its effects. Your bowel movement will/can become soft(er), though.

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            #6
            Thanks for the replies 😊

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