FEEL THE BURN! RAWR!

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    Sep 16, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    ....anyways, it's a good eye-catching topic.

    I hear different things about working out and i do take into consideration that not eveyrone isn't the same. It's a pain for me to bulk up and i know it and for others...well....I hate you...haha.

    My question in general is: When one works out, must he feel the results later? (AKA Soreness following wether it be directly after, the day after, or a couple of days after).

    I admit i do sometimes, but not so much anymore. Am I getting use to it? I do have that slow reflex like throwing a ball at a baby when playing catch, but just trying to figure out which would be in my best intrest.

    Thanks in Advance
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    Sep 17, 2007 10:47 AM GMT
    I think feeling muscle soreness is more common when you're instituting something new in your workout
    as our bodies get used to a routine the amt of soreness goes away
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    Sep 17, 2007 11:53 AM GMT
    A little soreness the next day - and I mean just a little - isn't a bad thing. But if you have soreness that grows over the next 2-3 days, that's called "DOMS" - "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness" and it indicates a workout that is TOO rough - too much damage.

    If, on the other hand, you never feel any kind of discomfort, not even if someone were to come up and grab you by the tricep - then I'd suggest that you were probably not hitting your muscles quite hard enough.

    - Joey
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    Sep 17, 2007 11:56 AM GMT
    I re-read your profile and a couple of things occurred to me.

    1) Students rarely have the nutrition thing nailed. It's hard when you're going to school. You might want to talk this over with someone qualified.

    2) A 4-days-per-week training schedule makes me think you're doing some kind of split routine. You might not be at the point where that's appropriate.

    If you want to run some of this by me in email, I'll give you some reactions....

    Joey
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    Sep 17, 2007 12:34 PM GMT
    Hmmmm - good Q.

    With cardio/aerobic exercise at least, I always try to work out to the point of near exhaustion.

    If I am not tired, bent over gasping for breath, and pleasently tired and sore immediately afterward; I don't think I have worked out hard enough.

    As for my work with weights and machines - yes I think you should feel tired and pleasantly sore muscles afterward.

    I am not talking about long term or debilitating soreness, but yes you should feel the effects: otherwise - IMHO - you are not really improving, building or maintaining. Especially when you are doing new routines, or increasing something I can see some soreness for a day or so afterward for a couple weeks until things level out again.