is it okay to work out if i'm really sore?

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    Jan 10, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    i just got back into working out and i'm really sore, obviously, it hurts to work out again. i know "no pain, no gain" and all, but am i risking damaging muscles if i work out so sore? how do i know if they've healed yet?
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    Jan 10, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Work out parts of your body that aren't sore.
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    Jan 18, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    listen to your body, have a rest day....just dont end up making one rest day turn in to two....icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    In general, if your muscle is sore, it means it is still healing and it can't hurt to give it another day or two to recover. BUT, if it has been several days, say five or more, since you worked that body part, you could try working out again and see how it goes. The recovery typically occurs within about 3 to 4 days of the workout.
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    Jan 18, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    DOMS, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness happens because when you workout you split the z lines of the sarcomere and they become irritated.

    Sarcomere = Small sections of muscle cell joined together to create a muscle connected in a series of strings, between each cell is the z line which connects each cell together.

    They body will either rejoin the z lines or grow another sarcomere in it's place

    and no, don't work out that part of the body if it's REALLY sore.. a little sore, yeah sure just don't go wild.. but not really sore.

    Many people recommend "active recovery" to get blood flowing into the muscle but everyone is different for me it doesn't do shit haha icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    NJoseph saidis it okay to work out if i'm really sore?
    Simple answer: No.
    Advanced answer: The soreness requires energy to heal. Because of that, your body will not be able to devote all its energy to your workout, and you'll make no gains. Last time I tried working out while sore (different muscle group), I didn't have enough energy to do half of what I normally do, and ended up leaving the gym early.