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 ….

Did You get A Good Workout Today?

Did you get in a good workout today?

Let’s talk about muscle soreness and what it means … Today, and all week we’ll look at the issues that surround training intensity and effect.

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How do you know whether it was good or not?

There are many ways to judge…..

1. Did you break a good sweat?
2. Did you do more than usual?
3. Did you get a good burn on?
4. Did you decrease your time?
5. Did you increase your distance?
Some of these are more subjective measures than others. But that doesn’t mean one is a better or worse way of judging your physical activity.

While numbers are an objective way of judging and mapping progress, how you feel matters, too.

And, interestingly, a lot of us — especially beginners — judge a workout by how they feel after the session has ended. Both immediately and for the next several days. And this is despite how much effort they put in or what their form was like!

For a metabolic effect you must hit a few targets..
Heat – you must get hot ( some of us don’t sweat much)
Burn – muscle burn
Heavy – overload your muscles
Hard – intensity must be high.

More next tomorrow …….

Eat Clean. Train hard. Expect Results

Jax