HIIT Training - calves cramped and i felt like dying

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  1. ohgod123

    ohgod123 OT Supporter

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    So yesterday, I started HIIT for the first time. I just started running again this week and wanted to test it out. I didn't stretch long, maybe 1-2 minutes. Walked for about 2 minutes, then began my first set of 4 sprints. 25 seconds into my 4th sprint, my calves locked up, and I was unable to run anymore. I also felt pain when I was walking. I walked for about 7 minutes and then as I sat down in my car, sharp pains shot through my calves and I felt like the world was going to end.

    Can anyone give me tips on how to avoid those cramps?
     
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    Get plenty of fluids, electrolytes, and potassium. I eat a banana or two throughout the day and drink gatorade whenever I do HIIT or play basketball. No cramps here.
     
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    HIIT is an extremely high intensity, high impact exercise, what you did was basically the equivalent of jogging on a treadmill for a couple minutes then going and attempting a max squat attempt without any warm up

    sprinting at +90% is no joke, if you haven't been running in general for a while, let alone any sprinting on the balls of your feet, you should not be attempting it

    i recommend doing HIIT on a spin bike while concurrently jogging and sprinting for short intervals at gradually increasing intensity, once you can handle a few prolonged sprints, then try HIIT on the track
     
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