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Myths about Post Workout Muscle Soreness


by Amanda Jane Snyder

Myths about Post Workout Muscle Soreness | Should you feel sore after every workout? | Is muscle soreness a good determinant of a successful workout?

Should muscles soreness determine a good workout? Here are some myths about muscle soreness.
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So you just started a workout routine and now you're so sore that you can barely walk or sit on the toilet. Who has been there?

Well, as a personal trainer who's been working out for YEARS, the sorest I’ve ever been is using no weights.

But is muscle soreness a good determinant of whether a workout is good or not?

Time for some MYTH BUSTERS!

Soreness is NOT a good determinant of whether a workout is successful or not.

Soreness happens when muscles are adapting to new stimuli you’re presenting them with. Soreness is most often the case for beginners or muscles you haven’t trained in awhile. The more we exercise and workout, the less sore we’ll be after our workouts. Our body adapts.

So WHY am I bragging about my muscle soreness with bodyweight only?

If my muscles are so sore without weight, this shows I’m activating muscles that clearly aren’t used to being used. If I’m better able to activate those deep muscles without weight, why would I add weight?

Don’t get my wrong, there’s PLENTY of benefits to lifting heavy and in order to get strong we do need to actually lift heavy. Lifting rather heavy can also contribute to muscular growth. But before we even lift heavy it's important to make sure we’re properly engaging our muscles necessary for the lift. If not, we might be compensating in other areas just to get that weight off the ground which potentially could lead to injury.

This just reinforces the importance of periodization and progressive overload. We shouldn't be aiming to lift heavy ALL the time. We shouldn't be looking to get stronger in EVERY workout. That's how we get injured and it's how we plateau.

Rest is important.

Foundational movement is important.

What do you think? Do you lift heavy? Do you train with bodyweight exercises? Do you periodize your workouts? Do you determine whether your workout is a good one only if you're sore?

Let me know in the comments below!

Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan since 2016. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers, and Dancers but loves creating, exploring, and enjoying all things vegan and gluten free!

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Amanda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Lifestyle/Mindset Coach! In the midst of the ever-changing fitness industry chock full of fad diets, Amanda uses her program ForeverFit to help clients find true success through habit change, routine, and making health and fitness apart of their LIFESTYLE! Amanda is powered by plants!

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