Have you ever woke up really sore from a workout that you did the day before, and then have to workout again that day? If your muscles are sore should you skip your workout, or just keep training?
How Muscles Become Sore
Usually when you start a new routine your muscles get really sore, because you are doing different exercises and using muscles that you are not used to using. Also if it’s been a few weeks since your last workout, your muscles will get really sore as well because they haven’t been used in a few weeks.
When your body gets used to a certain workout, your muscle soreness tends to ease off. This workout that made you really sore when you started doing it no longer seems to have a big impact. That’s when you might start to question if what you are doing in the gym is actually helping you.
Are you training hard enough? Do you need to switch it up so you get sore again? If a muscle feels sore it is because you damaged it. Most people think the more sore you are, the better. When it is repaired, the damaged muscle will become bigger and stronger, right?
Sore Muscles (DOMS)
First of all, nerve fibers transmit the sensation of delayed-onset
muscle soreness (DOMS). Those fibers are mainly found in the connective tissue between your muscle fibers, and are also in the junction between the tendon and muscle.
So DOMS stems from the connective tissue that helps bind muscle fibers together, rather than just the muscle fibers themselves.
There is a link between DOMS and damage to muscle cells. You can’t tell how damaged your muscles are by just relying on your muscle soreness. Your Glutes may feel so sore after a leg workout that you can’t sit on the toilet without wincing in pain. However, that doesn’t mean you’ve created a significant level of muscle damage.
On the other hand, if you feel little or no soreness that doesn’t mean your muscles didn’t get damaged from your workout.
It also depends on your genetics, because everyone is different and respond to workouts differently. Research has shown a significant amount of variability in individuals and how much damage they get from exercise. This means that if you workout with someone and do the exact same workout as them, you might be a lot more sore than your partner or not as sore as them.
Should You Workout Sore Muscles?
There’s no reason why you cant work out sore muscles, as long as you don’t work then every single day.
However, if you’re constantly training a muscle that feels sore, you need to change it up. You may be training too hard or doing an exercise incorrectly.
If you’re lifting but not improving your muscles, or are getting “burned out” this post is for you. There are a variety of workouts on this website that you can do to mix it up! If you workout every day, I would rotate working out your large muscle groups. Like do a leg day, then an upper body day, etc. Just don’t work your legs every day, they need recovery.
You can use amino acids before, during, or after the workout to help recover your muscles better and faster. ALWAYS get at least 20-30 grams of protein after your workouts! Click the links for more information on these supps!
Recovery is the most important thing to do when keeping active. You need at LEAST one or two days of recovery each week! (do yoga or do nothing)
Live Well and Live On,