I've been working out recently and it has been a few months since I was working out in the gym, and the day after I lift weights, my body feels really sore.
Is there any way I can reduce the soreness? I know sometimes you get used to working out and the soreness goes away itself, but in certain workouts, like the squats, my legs always get really really sore.
Excessive soreness can be a sign of over training. Some soreness is normal and if you have a progressive resistance program then the soreness will probably never go away completely. However try increasing your rest days between exercises. Perhaps your training too often or too intensely. Also when does the soreness kick in and how long does it last? Do you get it the day after? Or 2 days after? Does it go in a day or last almost a week?
Do you take a post workout shake with Whey Protein, Dextrose, maltodextrin and some salt? That would help. Look it up on google if you don't do this. Also if there are certain spots that are real sore you can ice them on and off for the first 2 days. NO PAIN NO GAIN...
I usually get sore the day after working out. I kinda have a 3 day per week workout plan, soon to be 4 days a week. Workout meaning weight lifting. I also play basketball about once a week, but I don't really get sore from that since I don't play for that long.
The soreness doesn't last that long, maybe 2-3 days, and it progessively heals each day.
I'll check out the shakes
Last edited by dedication_pos; 09-21-2005 at 10:27 PM.
Yeah, I workout and lift heavy myself. On days where I've really beat the heck outta my muscles I'll take an extra does of vitamin E. Seems to help in recovery. The previous post about a post workout shake is important as you need carbs and some protein to aid in muscle recovery. And most important is rest!
ps... don't forget your stretches AFTER lifting. That can help as well. Good luck in your gains!