Exercising with sore muscles

  • glad2be07

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    I leave a day between workouts to give my muscles a day to recover. If some muscles are still sore the second day, is it better not to exercise that muscle group until the soreness is gone? Will I slow down muscle growth if I exercise muscles that are still sore?
    Thanks, guys!
  • glad2be07

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    Sep 29, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    just checking - is this post showing up on the posts listings?
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    Sep 29, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    Sometimes it takes a bit for a thread to bump. I don't really know the reasons for that.

    I don't know the exact answer, but I only specifically train a muscle group once a week. I have three weight training sessions and do two muscle groups per session. However when I started, I did a full body workout every session.

    I am often more sore the second day depending on what we were doing. If you are fatiguing out your muscles, you really should be giving them time to recover before working them to fatigue again, from my limited understanding.

    Maybe this will help bump the thread and some certified trainers will chime in.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Sep 29, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
    I got talking to a gym instructor about that some time ago, as the problem I have is that I work at different times of the day and its not always possible for me to take breaks from the gym for a day or two. He said there was the "real-life" aspect in which as long as you tried to work different muscle groups on two consecutive days, you should be ok. That said, another gym instructor said work on one set of muscles once a week. Hope all this helps!
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    No. If the muscle is sore, repeatedly working it while its still sore will not allow for growth. overworking muscle groups never leads to gain/size. This of course is in the case of really sore muscles. Sore muscles= less strength.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:08 PM GMT
    I do not have scientific proof for whether or not this is a good idea, but sometimes if im still sore a few days later, I will workout that body part again anyways and it will make the soreness go away. Anyone else notice this?
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    smthjock saidI do not have scientific proof for whether or not this is a good idea, but sometimes if im still sore a few days later, I will workout that body part again anyways and it will make the soreness go away. Anyone else notice this?

    Yeah, if your lightly sore working with light weights can actually make them feel better.
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    Sep 29, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    You started another thread about this matter, didn't you?
  • glad2be07

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    Sep 29, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    Hey - thanks guys! This is all really helpful -- just the information I was looking for.
    (I did start another thread about this topic because it looked like this one wasn't posting.)
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    Sep 29, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    72 hrs in between workouts!!!! Even if the soreness is gone, its take a full 72 for muscle to be FULLY repaired. Nothing more Nothing less than 72 hrs. You wanna have maximum muscle capacity so u can build Big Strong man muscles!
  • Whipmagic

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    Sep 29, 2012 5:21 PM GMT
    I agree that there is no point in continually exercising sore muscles, as pointed out above. But I do believe that there can be a benefit in sticking to the training plan, even if it means working through some soreness sometimes. The primary reason for this is to develop discipline and mental toughness. It's all to easy to skip a workout because you feel still somewhat sore, and then something else comes up the next day, and you have missed the window in which you get optimal benefit. So I prefer to stick to the plan, unless it's pretty bad, in which case I substitute a different workout. And if I notice that I'm too often still somewhat sore when I have my next workout, I'd rather go back and adjust my training plan in a methodic way instead of skipping workouts ad-hoc.
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    Sep 29, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    Let me continue to say there is no benifit to working out damaged muscles.. At all.
  • mindblank

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    Sep 29, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    I don't know if there is any scientific evidence either way. I have found that in my case, sore muscles usually means I won't be able to do very well. And don't you need to be at your peak when you lift in order to maximise your gains? So I would imagine it a very, very bad idea training a sore muscle - and you could risk injury.

    But if it is for example only sore legs, just don't train your legs that day. Do you keep an exact record of how many reps/sets you perform when you train? I recommend this to help you see when you are having a "good" or "bad" day by comparison with recent entries. You can then ask yourself "why" and it will help you get a deeper feeling for what works for you and what doesn't. Eg time of day, food intake, amount of sleep, last time trained, etc, and you may then optimise your lifestyle in these regards. Just a thought. ...Maybe you are overtraining.
  • FireDoor211

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    Sep 29, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    I exercise different muscles each day, sore or not. It doesn't seem to hurt anything.