My sore legs

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    Sep 14, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    So, I did Straight Leg Deadlifts for the first time in years on Saturday, and my legs are still sore today (Tuesday). So much so that I've not done cardio (running) for the two days. How are you guys balancing leg workouts and cardio?

    I do plenty of stretching, and it helps ease the soreness for a while, but this is ridiculous.... icon_sad.gif

    Thanks!

    Dax
  • turbid2wenty

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    Sep 14, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    Well, I don't really do much cardio at all anymore -- usually just 10-12 minutes as a warmup. I walk to the gym at a brisk pace, and just hop on a treadmill to get my heartrate up a little bit. That's all before any sort of strength training routine.
  • benarw

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    Sep 15, 2010 6:43 AM GMT
    Doing some cardio will actually help you be less sore. I know when I'm hurting a day or two after a tough workout, riding a bike or hoping on the elliptical for 25min really helps.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 15, 2010 6:49 AM GMT
    There are many things in the gym that will kill your back. Staight leg dead lifts is at the top of the list. Our human body just isn't built to do it. Stop it.
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    Sep 15, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    Thnx for the feedback guys. Really appreciate your input.

    About the back comment, not sure I agree. Feel free to speak for yourself, but good form and using the right weight goes a long way (imo).
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    Sep 16, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    OMG, I can totally relate. Hadn't don't leg work in over a month, and I just did some legs exercises the other day and I cannot WALK. But you know what... just rest and recover. There's no rush. It's just time your body needs to repair. ;-) enjoy it.
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    Sep 16, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    Two weeks ago I missed 'leg day' and then returned to my regular schedule last week. My legs (hamstrings and butt) were particularly sore the 2nd-4th days afterwards. Moral: don't miss workout days!
  • benarw

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    Sep 16, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidThere are many things in the gym that will kill your back. Staight leg dead lifts is at the top of the list. Our human body just isn't built to do it. Stop it.



    I have to disagree with this. Start light and work on form first. As long as you do the exercise with proper form stiff-legged deadlifts are perfectly safe.
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    Sep 21, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    I have to disagree with this. Start light and work on form first. As long as you do the exercise with proper form stiff-legged deadlifts are perfectly safe.[/quote]

    Agreed dude. I actually stress form of weight. I don't lift near my one rep max for any exercise. Going more for overall health at fitness vs. size...

    D.
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    Sep 21, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    Same here. Different exercises work for different people. Leg curls do absolutely nothing for my hamstrings. Using that machine just hurts my knees.

    Stiff-legged deadlifts are the real money maker for me. My hamstrings and lower back have gotten nice and thick over time. Start light, use good form, and gradually add weight.

    About the soreness.. Just walk it off. If I over do a leg workout and get real sore, I just walk on the treadmill or hop on an exercises bike for a while. The key is to keep the blood circulating to help flush out lactic acid.
  • neon4u

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    Sep 27, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    If you haven't done a particular exercise in a couple of weeks, the next time you do it go slow. I wouldn't do your entire routine the first time out. Just do half the work. You will feel sore. After about the second time, your body will adjust and the soreness will not reoccur. Cardio is great at eating up all the lactic acid that has built up in the muscles. Just don't over do that either. Be consistant and you'll get back into your routine in no time.
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    Sep 27, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    Deadlifts get me like nothing else. Not even a heavy squat day gets me like some moderately intense deadlift sets.
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    I also weigh in on the dangers of full-range, stiff-legged deadlifts. There are less risky but effective alternatives for the hamstrings, buttocks, and back, which are the primary muscle groups being worked. Less risky are the conventional deadlift, partial deadlift, parallel-grip deadlift, sumo deadlift, leg curl and back extension.