- swimmers – cramp in bottom of feet
well swimming isn’t my first choice of exercise and I can’t say I’ve swum more that say for 20mins or so as a warm down for about a year but this week my youngest has been doing a class so I’ve swam for 50minutes or so crawl and both times I’ve got cramp in the base of one or both feet more than once – usually after pushing off the wall at the end of a length (no fancy turns) switch to breast stroke and seems to shake out – any suggestions for avoiding?Posted 4 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
Actually, what THM said. I used to get that until I actually took some proper lessons and learned the shortcomings of my technique.
I was too stubborn to adopt most of changes, but the kick change was a revelation, and never had cramp since.
That’s just my experience though.Posted 4 years ago
my technique isn’t great – “taught” by my brother who threw me in the deep end and due to school swimming lessons I can do amazing things in pj’s but have crap stroke and crap legwork and crap breathing – not that I’ve got cramp before – might have to bite the bullet and do the 6am stroke class – meanwhile I’ll check out what my toes are doing as did seem very specific to after turning thanksPosted 4 years agomike_pMember
Take a bottle of water in with you and leave it at one end. The thing about swimming which most folk don’t appreciate is that you’re doing hard excercise in 28-30 deg heat, so you’re sweating but don’t notice as you’re already dripping wet. So you need to drink – avoiding cramp is more about hydration than conditioning. A mate of mine who’s an ex-England schools swimmer put me on to that, after 60+ lengths I really notice if I’ve not had anough water.Posted 4 years ago
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