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Cyclist Janez Brajkovic’s leg after a race.

Cyclist Janez Brajkovic’s leg after a race.

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Bryanole27

This shit looks like the human body exhibits when they display bodies without skin on them.


estamachin

This is how a midnight cramp looks like


MrsClaireUnderwood

I felt this fucking comment.


Erestyn

I swear to Christ my calves just *slightly* cramped just to fuck with me.


moffsoi

Just reminding you that they’re ready to fuck you up at a moment’s notice


ParamedicNorth8350

Yall need to eat more bananas.


coupe_68

You know.its funny you say that, I'm diabetic and stopped eating bananas because they caused quite high spikes in my blood sugar. Now I get cramps in my feet and calves


Hiko1818

Quinine water helps but tastes nasty


DavefromKS

Not with Gin


umbrajoke

"not with gin" "... Causes tinnitus" Archer?


Hiko1818

Bret!! Answer the damn phone


Cepinari

Also, excessive consumption of quinine causes tinnitus. Somehow.


coupe_68

I've already got that. Had a growth in skull that ate into my ear canal and damaged it. Now I have eternal crickets in my left ear


4Bpencil

100% I cramp so badly after workouts with no banana, banana is life.


Apprehensive_Jury_66

Nana


redfoot62

For those interested, my coup de grace of this problem (aside from a $20 juicer where I make a healthshake from banana, small handful of spinach, almond milk, eggs, and protein powder which stopped them completely), I find that an absolutely essential method to stop the pain is to get your brain to know this....wrap a blanket or sheet around the top of your foot and pull BACK. Your foot is usually pointing downward, like an uncapitalized l, straighten it back into an capital L. Pain should vanish instantly. Remember this. Other preventative measures is making sure your feet aren't hanging off the bed. Everything down to your achilles heels are supported by the bed (if you're a back sleeper anyways). Those are my findings I've discovered in my lifetime.


Fomentatore

>Other preventative measures is making sure your feet aren't hanging off the bed. Dude, monsters are there. Ain't nobody dangling any feet.


JrsNinja91

Facts, you gotta have some sort of death wish to even have your feet out of the covers. It’s all fun and games until the monsters snap those footies off your leg


Sea-Molasses1652

I've never been able to sleep without one leg under the blanket and one out.


Titboobweiner

Right?! Who are these self thermal regulating robots?


Crocobot24

I sleep perpendicular to my bed so my feet and a good few centimeters of legs are off the bed, you just gotta assert dominance over the monsters!


Embarrassed-Ad1509

You know it’s bad when there’s an SCP based on that fear. Except said SCP (SCP 072) is worse because it doesn’t cleave off your foot or drag you beneath the bed, it paralyzes you while you’re awake and then fucking scrapes the flesh off of your feet to the bone. All the while, you’re forced to watch without being able move or scream.


ClusterfuckyShitshow

I have these foot treatments called Baby Foot at $25 a pop that do the same thing. You’re telling me there is an SCP that will do it for *free*?


thelazygamer

I need to upgrade to a Cal king for my feet to never hang off. Maybe in a few years I'll be able to afford a new bed...


redundancy2

California king is the longest standard sized bed to my knowledge. It's not bigger than a king like most people think. They're actually 4" narrower and 4" longer than a king and technically have less surface area.


badrobot2020

So much this. Srsly.


OdeeOh

Just take a magnesium citrate pill after dinner


DoJax

For some people it's lack of potassium or dehydration too, I used to get them every night, and my doctor said they'd have to do blood work on me in order to figure out what caused it. I didn't want to pay $200 for blood work, so he told me magnesium, potassium, lots of water. I'm pretty sure mine was dehydration, if I drink a big glass of water before bed I don't get them anymore, haven't for a couple years. By big glass I mean 44 oz, actually helps with my hydration levels the next day.


CranePlash406

Ya, I wake up punching my leg, cussing and yelling at least three times a week. Especially on weekends when I'm on my feet less, oddly enough. I'm pretty sure it's dehydration for mine as well. I try to force myself to drink more water but most days, it's a cup of coffee or two, a glass of milk or tea with dinner, and when I remember, a glass of water before bed. I've just never been big on thirst. My three daughters are the same way and they mostly live with their mother, who drinks a gallon a day, easy.


thredqueen61235

Do you wake up 8 times a night to pee because I can't drink water for like three hours before sleep and I still barely make it till morning


lymeandcoconut

One time I woke up with such a terrible calf cramp that there was a visible hollow at the bottom of the muscle and bulge at the top. I desperately tried stretching as hard as I could, it didn't work; in the end, I grabbed a pen and stabbed the blunt end into the bulged muscle and it slowly, slowly released. Had a huge bruise, but it worked, so, ya know, if you're out of options, try that. Another easy way to stretch your calves is to stand on the edge of a step and let your heels hang down. Protip: do a couple of calf raises to warm up the muscle, and you'll get a better stretch.


TCGislife

This is exactly what I thought it was.


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Domino_Dare-Doll

Same, but replace ‘dog’ with ‘horse’! *Nothing* but respect for this guy though!


Dboy777

I thought it was those ribs I was smoking outside


SlapDickery

You smoking ribs? Can I come over ?


crypticfreak

Damn. It's a Friday night and you're outside enjoying the nice fall weather while smoking some meats and possibly having a few brews and meanwhile I'm stuck at work eating fucking Rice A Roni for lunch.


broberds

Don’t be so modest. You’re smoking when you’re inside too.


Shaneblaster

This leg looks extremely dehydrated. I didn’t think it was real either.


APence

Someone water it. Jesus.


reflectiveSingleton

anybody got any brawndo?


pleger

How else do you get electrolytes?


eegocentrik

From the toilet.


parallax1

It’s got electrolytes!


532515633401357003

It’s got what plants crave


VaginaTractor

>It’s got what ~~plants~~ legs crave


SquareWet

I ain’t never seen no leg grow out no toilet.


docdiggler22

It’s what plants crave.


NaiveSoftware6892

Its got electrolytes!


MightyCaseyStruckOut

*proceeds to pour water on it from a watering can*


cpltack

Like from the toilet


runswiftrun

Moisturize me, moisturize me!


DrRobert136

Also lighting is clearly made so the leg is more pronounced, but still insane


agk23

[Here](https://i.imgur.com/uomkVIL_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium) it is without the effect


DrRobert136

Damn you can clearly see the difference


runthepoint1

-1% body fat


Happy-Fun-Ball

If you poured oil, it would sink in and be gone


hiimsteve311

Lol nailed it.


Ok_Cryptographer520

When you Finaly reach peak in leg gains lol


the--larch

Somehow, worse.


ptemple64

My same thought.


ihatepickingnames37

That's a specimen for sure


ViA-ONEism

Kinda looks like a Cadavers foot too lol


I_TheAndOnly

This is how my arm looks after a meat beating session.


JrsNinja91

You must have some giggity forearms


MCMOzzy

Bro drink some fucking water


IllIIIlIllIlIIlIllI

I wanna watch this inflate as he drinks water


wacdonalds

Hyperlapse


PM_ME_UR_HIP_DIMPLES

Make him drink it from a bowl. Hyperlaps


killertortilla

Hydrolapse


spaldingpanasonic

Hi, prolapse


SpoonyLuvFromUpAbove

I wonder how long it would take to see changes.


Disturbingfavorites

If he was hooked up with an IV, about 3 minutes. If he chugged water, about 10.


SpoonyLuvFromUpAbove

Interesting. Quicker than I thought. I should dehydrate then rehydrate myself make a YouTube video time-lapse of it and get $$.


brutaldudel

No thanks. I’m going to go pedal my bicycle some more until my leg and foot turns into a chicken leg and foot. Then I can sell it to KFC. They’ll turn it into a chicken pickle sandwich. It’s the new thing…


Burlesque_Djin

Imagine how low his boys hang....


OdinsRightTesticle

Probably not very low, you know, with all the steroids. . .


Burlesque_Djin

You should ask leftie for his opinion, too.


The_Outcast4

Hopefully not too low. Don't want them getting caught in any of the bicycle works.


the_tip_of_my_tongue

I love you


brutaldudel

I love you too Reddit friend!


Drunkstork

Now kith!


unlmtdLoL

Kith! Kith! Kith!


Pussychewer69

Water is weight. Weight is slow. I am fast. I am cyclist.


nomecks

I've never eaten more alfredo or drank less water than right now


danieltkessler

Yeah isn't this, like, unhealthy?


NH4CN

Professional cycling is an incredibly unhealthy activity


AmArschdieRaeuber

they call it extreme sport for a reason.


TurquoiseBats

Could someone kindly explain why his leg looks like that?


manicleek

Well, apart from pro cyclists being incredibly active and having very little fat on their bodies as a result, this particular cyclist was also battling bulimia at the time. Add to that a bit of post race dehydration and you get legs that look like that.


TurquoiseBats

Oh wow! That sounds absolutely brutal. I appreciate the reply!


zykezero

If you watch any movie and they need a dude to get extra ripped for a scene the guy has to avoid water for a few days. For example, there is a scene in The Witcher where Cavil is taking a bath, he has had at least one interview describing the dehydration process for that scene.


Replikant83

Another good story is Stallone in Rocky. He was so exhausted and dehydrated during scenes he would do hand stands to try and keep blood flowing.


CaptainFalken

In Captain America: ~~The Winter Soldier~~ Civil War, Chris Evans also had to dehydrate for the scene where he holds the helicopter back to the building with his bare hands. They wanted his muscles to looks strained, and boy did they. Edit: Had my movies mixed up.


Darth_drizzt_42

Didn't he literally tear a muscle doing that scene?


Lvtxyz

Yes he tore his bicep


BiteYourTongues

Jesus.. fuck that.


Lvtxyz

Someone please link the interview where he's like Cap actor: "I mean I worked out a lot for the role but you neeed to do that to be strong so you can be safe." Interviewer: "didn't you not drink water for 3 days so your muscles could be pretty?" Cap actor: "yeah it was brutal. At that point you can smell water since I was basically dying of thirst. Come see My movie! I look pretty!"


IM_THAT_POTATO

s t o r t


kaminariko

That Stallone palooka sure is a good stort.


shitusername_taken

I remember reading that he cut down to 800 cal a day, while still training, to get ready for the movies.


Fomentatore

i heard the interview and my first thought was: Is this really necessary? Is there a human being that wouldn't find a well hydrated and shirtless Henry Cavill attractive?


Ruefuss

They want to be magazine fit. Just like for women, thats unreasonable for men. Defined 6 packs arent super natural on a healthy body. There should be *a little fat* there. And water weight.


ThatOneGuyonTV

Looks at last sentence. *May thy knife chip and shatter!*


kushdogg20

Straight man here. Shirtless Henry Cavill is extremely attractive.


MisanthropicZombie

I ain't gay but yeah, he is a pretty man. I want him to hold me and make me feel safe from the bad hurt of the world.


Get-in-the-llama

I just found another reason to hate abs.


i_poop_chainsaws

Especially considering they can just edit or enhance what he’s already got anyways.


Shutterstormphoto

Much cheaper to starve him. They even save on food costs!


Roughy

The Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMjZXdU2_4E


zykezero

my man. lmao, "On the third day, you get to the point where you smell water.


NickEvanMart

As a former wrestler, I would dream of water and salt when cutting weight for a tournament


imisstheyoop

>As a former wrestler, I would dream of water and salt when cutting weight for a tournament I know a guy in high school who used to take cold showers and sleep on the bathroom floor to shiver all night in order to cut his weight for wrestling


OneGuyCory

Hugh Jackman in like all of the wolverine lol


zykezero

Hugh Jackman is extra stupid, rather Tom Hooper is a tub of garbage. Jackman was dehydrated for all of Les Mis and they did vocal performances for most of their takes. He could have very well lost his voice entirely.


rawker86

Hugh Jackman did the same for a bath scene in a Wolverine movie, apparently he had a blinding headache the whole time, I assume mostly from his brain screaming “come on! There’s water all around us for fuck’s sake just drink some!”


MASTODON_ROCKS

On the bright side, it isn't the charliest horse of all time


SkyWulf

Yikes so it is as unhealthy as it looks


donniedumphy

If I’m not mistaken this is after a stage of the Tour du France and those boys absolutely annihilate their bodies during that race.


Kris_Third_Account

That particular picture is after a stage of the CRO race (formerly known as Tour of Croatia). Source [here](https://www.sportbible.com/other/reactions-news-weird-cyclist-janez-brajkovic-posts-shocking-picture-of-his-legs-20191011).


chefca3

Geez what kind of willpower would you need to have to be a pro athlete WHILE being bulimic? I mean you must feel awful yet you still work out and cycle for miles and miles everyday...


lolitsroo

You would be surprised to find out how many athletes suffer from severe eating disorders. In any sport where weight could be a factor, this happens. Cyclists want max leg power while being as light as possible. Wrestlers/MMA/Boxing/any sport with weight classes will see athletes do extremely unhealthy weight cuts. Climbers fight gravity so many cut weight as a means to get better since your tendons and muscles have less weight pulling. As a former wrestler and current climber, I have suffered for soooooooooooo long with bulimia. It isn't like a typical everyday thing. But I've caught myself pulling trig whenever I had a cheat meal or ate out. It was awful. It's taken years of therapy and treatment, and i still get the urge to want to vomit whenever I eat out, but it's much better now. It's crazy what people do when they have tunnel vision towards an overly specific goal. Nothing else matters. The world of competitive sports can get real dark real fast if you look in the right places


PCMM7

Yeah I'll stick to guitars


MilkEggsSndFlour

Yeah. Because guitarists don’t do anything crazy like that.


Blackbox7719

Guitarists usually lose weight through cocaine, not bulimia.


NationalGeographics

Yet no one talks about horse jockeys. Honestly no clue if that's a thing, just the first thing to pop into my head was the psyche episode with the old bully turned horse jockey.


lolitsroo

Yeah I had horse jockeys in mind. From what I hear, their realm is even worse. Eating disorders only start to scratch the surface.


intellivisionx

I read an interesting article a while back about just how rampant eating disorders are in the world of jockeys. Apparently the locker rooms sometimes have a thing called a [heaving bowl](https://www.cnn.com/2012/10/23/sport/jockey-diets-weight-horse-racing/index.html) just for puking. It honestly sounds like[a grueling and miserable life](https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-xpm-2002-06-02-0206022092-story,amp.html).


youwigglewithagiggle

Best of luck with your continued recovery 🧡


HyzerFlip

The exercise is literally a symptom of the problem. It's called exercise bulimia. Instead if throwing up or taking laxatives, they over exercise.


Hollowbody57

Over exercise and under fuel/eat. A lot of these races burn 6,000-10,000 calories per day and last for several days. I think the entire Tour de France takes like 120,000 calories. If you're not properly eating, you're basically burning your entire body away.


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Taurich

I'd imagine there's a level of body dysmorphia going on at that point. Obsession with being more in shape, less body fat, and they were likely more co-morbid behaviours than on the surface. I'm not a doctor/psych/whatever, but I hate my own body and could how one gets there


dailyqt

"Willpower" is kind of an inappropriate word in cases of eating disorders/compulsive working out. It's an addiction, just like drugs.


jupiterssunday

Yeah it’s not having the willpower to purge it’s the crippling fear of not purging.


ghettobx

Our brains can be so detrimental to us sometimes, it’s crazy


reshp2

One of the specializations in cycling is climbing, guys that excel in that have very high power to weight ratio. Guys top out their power output fairly quickly so after that there's a ton of pressure to drop as much weight as possible, which often leads to eating disorders.


5tr4nGe

High level climbing used to be full of eating disorders. Hell it still is, there’s multiple elite level climbers who have recently come out to the public about their struggles


velveteenelahrairah

Everyone likes to talk about the "rexie ballerina *dying to dance*" stereotype/cliché but this shit is absolutely endemic in many physical activities, and not limited just to women and girls. Cyclists, runners, weightlifters, swimming, martial arts, etc, everyone in those scenes knows someone who has an *absolutely raging* ED but "it's fine" because "they're Athletes™" and "they're just pushing themselves to be the best™". It's heartbreaking, really. And EDs are no joke, they can and will fuck up your shit when they get bad enough.


No_Maines_Land

He doesn't use sufficient sunscreen. The foot, presumably socked, stays white while the rest of the leg becomes tanned.


El_Dief

You will still tan with sunscreen, just slower and with less chance of skin cancer.


mebungle83

My ass looks a lot whiter than my leg and I dont even sunscreen my ass. Well I sunscreen my asshole obvs. But not my ass


advaith82

They spend more calories than they can eat while on a race. So he has burned almost all of his body fat. That's why he looks like that


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Nethrix

Banned for doping but looking into the chemical and his alibi, it doesn't really sound like he was doping.


Trevski

when you are a pro athlete you have to be careful about the supplements you take. whether he was using it intentionally or not he was careless.


Kris_Third_Account

I would agree in general, but contaminated supplements do happen occasionally. Martin Toft Madsen, a Danish semi-pro, managed to prove that the food supplement he had taken was in fact contaminated, and he was ruled without fault. The final judgement (for a lack of a better term) can be read [here](https://www.dif.dk/-/media/difdk/nyt/pdf-filer/kendelse-s-1-2017--s-mtm_ny.pdf?la=da&usg=AOvVaw1irFmQA9m4f_PIGFZhN270), in Danish.


Trevski

this is true. I've also heard of athletes pleading that the meat they ate was contaminated with steroids fed to the livestock. it happens... but the fact that it happens is abused by dishonest people. so skepticism is best.


OneBaldingWookiee

For some reason I thought this was a dog’s leg, then I saw the human foot. And was still confused. I’m good now.


HuivyMane

I’m still not convinced it isn’t… wtf


Matti_Matti_Matti

I’m still not convinced it isn’t… woof


Nugatorysurplusage

> I’m good now. I’m not


sowokeIdontblink

I'm nowhere near good.


gliitch0xFF

I thought that this was "confusing perspective"


rav4v6

Calf is cramping just looking at that. Omg


gene_parmesan_PEYE

I was going for a kangaroo's leg. Pretty crazy looking.


gretakashi

same feeling here!


iheartoctos

This does not look good.


BrustWarze_

It kinda looks like this guy is having a really nasty cramp.


iheartoctos

*Right* it looks like he needs to see a doctor immediately.


WhatsAFlexitarian

I can hear the "JB is a cyclist presenting to the emergency room ☝🏻" in my head


GregoleX2

A man cycled a bike race for 6 hours. This is what happened to his limbs.


woozlewuzzle29

It looks like he *is* a cramp.


Mr_Vacant

If my leg looked like that I'd take something for it. Steroids probably.


ditwane

I see my leg like this, i'll be going for the saw.


BumperCarcass

I think ill skip leg day


Otterslayer22

That’s not a good thing


Analbox

They look extremely dehydrated and like they’re whole calf is cramped up.


Oldmanfirebobby

Comments above explain this cyclist was suffering with bulimia All I can think is if this was a woman’s leg what would the difference in comments be. Maybe it’s because I have previously suffered with bulimia this whole situation is triggering me or something.


DrNastyfree

Chicken wing, before the sauce


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zealoSC

Oh thanks for clarifying i was worried cause my legs both look different to that


legit-testicals

0 % fat.


sampsonjenkins

Would die if a meal is missed


ayestEEzybeats

He was actually bulimic so.. many meals were missed.


calangomerengue

you can hear it cramping


VladSolopov

Professional sport is really not about health, but pushing the limits.


darksideofthemoon131

>Professional sport is really not about health, but pushing the limits. *Any level of sport* is really not about health, but pushing the limits. High School football and soccer destroyed my knees by my 20s. I pushed harder because I "had potential." I'm 43 now, 5 knee surgeries in already, due for both replaced in next few years, and the arthritis is brutal.


Condawg

Pushing the limits *can be* about health. I go out to a public basketball court most days and shoot around for a while as part of my cardio. I take breaks when I *need* to, but I push myself hard **to** need to, because I'm trying to raise my heart rate. I'm focused more on heart health than my joints. Running on its own is enough to destroy your knees eventually. Play any high-intensity on-foot sport often enough over even just a few years, you might have problems. I hope high school athletes these days are more familiar with that fact. It should be on the coaches, but you've gotta assume they're going to push their players aggressively with no regard for their health and tailor individual education of the risks appropriately, because that'll be true for some of them at least. Give kids the knowledge and agency to tell the coach they need to stop before they hurt themselves.


Ok-Caregiver7091

Me when I get a Charlie-horse in the middle of the night


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I was road biking a few days ago, did a track stand through two consecutive lights and then sprinted on green and left the cars in the dust. My calf then exploded into a beautifully painful cramp and I had to pull off the road to massage it out.


13Fdc

As a measure of how gross this is, this would be less disgusting if were a cadaver.


SyntheticAffliction

Having that low body fat can't be healthy for you...


_PM_ME_CHEETOS_

It actually isn’t healthy, below a certain level of body fat your hormone production tanks and this makes you feel like shit and is bad for your health.


Vinnie_Vegas

It wasn't. The guy was on PEDs and battling bulimia - He probably vastly shortened his lifespan between those two things.


pangalaticgargler

When I was in school for massage therapy we had community service opportunities and one of them was working on cyclists after a long distance ride for charity. The ride was 225 miles done over 3 1/2 days. This is how all of their calves looked and let me tell you.


daboss6595

Horse leg


paniflex37

This isn’t interesting…it’s NotSafeForHumanEyes. Yikes.


MysteryPlatelet

Jeez dude, mark this shit NSFW


isolateddreamz

NSFL - Not Safe For Legs


HotPie_

NSFW - Not Safe For Walking


Impressive-Tension-8

Hold my iPad while IPuke


Warm_Journalist_151

Cut it off


chebum

He was suspended for doping use. Probably, it explains the look of the leg.


Efficient_Singer_309

Added to the list of things I didn’t ask to see


caecilia

ITS A DRAUGR


RicOrengo

Feel like looking at a painting of Dali


skibidi99

Wow, his leg turns into a weird nutsack vagina monster


TheMidnightCreep

Get this person some potassium stat.