Nath wrote:I can get stronger without getting very sore, or get sore without getting much stronger. I'm usually sore as hell the first workout back after a break, but I don't get too sore when I'm training regularly and making steady progress.
Pretty much. I'm just getting back into my routine after winter break.
Nath wrote:What works for me is tennis ball rolling, a bit of stretching, and keeping the sore body part moving. Some people like contrast showers and whatnot, but I only tried that once, with inconclusive results.
Sounds like wasted effort to me. In truth, if you aren't training a body part for the first time ever, the soreness more or less goes away once you start doing the exercise again, after warming up. I just squatted again after a 48 hour break, and the soreness went away during the second workout. It's back now but lighter. Obviously this depends on a lot of factors like frequency and whatnot, but I don't find it to be such a huge problem that I have to pay special attention. Plus, do you have any way to prove that the above things work? Over the few days that it takes you to do all these special treatments, your soreness is going to naturally decrease anyway.
Nath wrote:I don't find delayed-onset soreness a particularly good indicator of anything.
I'm not one, but body-builders use it as a measure of the effectiveness of their workout. They aim to be sore after every single workout. :shrug:
poxic wrote:It can also mean you're doing more damage than is good for you. You want to be a bit sore, maybe, yes, but be sensible about it. Go until you feel the strain, not until you're actually hurting. You can get into overtraining if you're too enthusiastic about "the burn".
No, I'm not even remotely close to the galaxy which contains the planet on which overtraining exists. This is soreness from one workout, the kind everyone experiences when they are working out a muscle for the first time or after a long break. You cannot overtrain from one workout. Overtraining is where you are working out so often that you actually lose strength because your body just cannot keep up. In normal circumstances working out always increases your strength. The average person will probably never reach this condition except in extraordinary circumstances. And you knowing that word just gives you an excuse to be a wimp when it comes to your own workouts
Why would you want that? That seems pretty inconvenient! Is your job/rest of your life not very physical at all?
No it's not. I'm a student. I do have to walk to class (and sometimes quickly) but that's about it. The rest of my life is physically boring, and being sore injects some excitement into it.
shocklocks wrote:I'm finding it very hard not to make a joke about your sore glutes.
I appreciate your efforts.
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
I am hopeful that when we get our new place in May, my level of activity will change.
1.) We will have a flat third of an acre lot.
2.) We will be ON the KVR Trail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettle_Valley_Rail_Trail
3.) It will be possible to bike right to my office on the above trail (which is one town over)
4.) We’ll be eight blocks from the beach, which is a good little walk with the kids
5.) And basically, less reason to stay in the house.
I won’t have a basement, but I’ve been pre-approved to install a chain for a heavybag under the eaves at the back of the house again. Yayyy punching!
That is awesome!