I play football (Soccer) 2-3 times a week and I've been on a pretty heavy bulk the past few months. I've gone from 224 to 244 in roughly 3 months and recently I think it's had an adverse affect on my calves when I play football, particularly so tonight.
After about 15 minutes both calves cramped up and I was in agony, I kept on playing and after about 45 mins of continuous cramp I started to get pins and needles in my feet. This has never happened to me before, my feet went numb and I had to stop.
I train my calves pretty well so they should be strong enough, is it just a case that the extra weight I've put on is putting too much strain on my calves and causing them to cramp up? What could the cause of the numbness be?
I would say I'm well hydrated so could rule that out, I drink at least 5 litres a day and I always warm up and stretch before games. Any ideas or do I just have to take it easy til I cut?