Friday, June 2, 2017

Soreness is NOT a factor in determining if it was a good workout!

Muscle soreness, you know that achy feeling you get in your body when your done with your workout and then usually the day after. Is it really the proof of a good workout? Nope. The saying "no pain, no gain", does not hold as much effect for determining if your workout was good or not.
I used to think that if I wasn't SORE AF after a workout that I didn't go hard enough. I wish I knew this information that I am going to tell you about muscle soreness. Beings sore the day of or day after is no joke. It hinders your next training day and your body feels like I might have got hit by a truck.
DOMS- delayed onset muscle soreness is that achy feeling you get the day after a workout. Common symptoms can include:
– Swelling of the affected limbs
– Stiffness of the joint accompanied by temporary reduction in a joint’s range of motion
– Tenderness to the touch
– Temporary reduction in strength of the affected muscles (lasting days)
DOMS appears to be a product of inflammation caused by microscopic tears in the connective tissue elements that sensitize nociceptors and thereby heighten the sensations of pain. Which kinda sucks when you have a great training session and then the next day you can't move. However, along with the soreness and pain, your body repairs it and then you become stronger as a by product. Here is where people go overboard.
DOMS is a sign that there is some level of muscular hypertrophy going on in the body, and it’s usually present when you present your body with a new challenge or change in programming. But with time, your body becomes more adept at adjusting to new stimuli, so the effects of DOMS may not be as pronounced. This is not the best way to gauge if your workout was good or not because hypertrophy can occur from mechanical tension and/or metabolic stress, both of which can come about without muscle soreness.
Ask yourself YOUR definition of what a good workout is. A good workout doesn’t need to be tied to how sore your muscles feel afterward.What about the workouts where you finally achieve a new movement for the first time, or nail down a new technique? Does that not constitute a good workout? Yes we all want to feel the effects of a good workout by being sore however, there are many other factors you should consider when determining how a good workout really was.

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