1. Why Are Your Muscles Sore?

1. Why Your Muscles Are Sore After A Workout

Muscle soreness occurs when you do something different.

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And by different, I mean anything outside your norm.

That could be ANYTHING.

1. Performing an exercise you’re not used to.
2. Performing an exercise you’re used to, but at a depth and speed you’re not — slower or faster for example.
3.Performing for a duration you’re not used to — more continuous time, less rest, etc.
4.Performing a volume you’re not used to — more weight, more reps, etc.
5.Performing an exercise with more restrictions — improving or degrading your alignment, for example.
Change a single variable in a common equation and you just might be sore the next day.

Technically, it’s called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS for short). And it’s thought to be a result of microscopic tearing of the muscle fibers.

The amount of tearing — and soreness — depends on how hard and how long you exercise. As well as what type of exercise you do.

And yet, muscle soreness is often seen as a sign of doing things right.

Those jelly-legs you feel when attempting to go up or down stairs signal the onset of an adaptation process, which is helping you to grow stronger and improve endurance.

“If I can feel the soreness in the muscle, it means it’s working and I’m on the right path. If I can’t feel it, then I must be doing something wrong.”

It’s not quite that simple – more next time ….

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