How to deal with muscle pain from weight training?

  • KJMCH

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    Jan 08, 2015 3:49 PM GMT
    Hi All and those who will read this post:

    I recently started weight training at gym and my body is in total pain (most probably muscle pain). Can any of you suggest a way to have less of this pain? Do I have to suck it up and deal with the pain? Overtime is it less painful?

    Hope someone (or some people respond)

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    Jan 08, 2015 9:56 PM GMT
    KJMCH saidDo I have to suck it up and deal with the pain?

    Yes.

    KJMCH saidOvertime is it less painful?

    Yes.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 08, 2015 11:22 PM GMT
    No. If you organize your workouts so that a given muscle group is worked hard only every third day, giving the muscle time to recover, repair, and grow, you will have only very tolerable muscle ache which will go away before you work that group again. Real pain means you're doing something wrong.
  • KJMCH

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    Jan 09, 2015 3:35 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidNo. If you organize your workouts so that a given muscle group is worked hard only every third day, giving the muscle time to recover, repair, and grow, you will have only very tolerable muscle ache which will go away before you work that group again. Real pain means you're doing something wrong.


    Awesome now that makes perfect sense. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 09, 2015 4:59 AM GMT
    In the beginning you'll have muscle pain. It goes away as your muscles get accustomed to it. But you do need at least a day of rest between workouts for each muscle.
  • buddycat

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    Jan 09, 2015 9:49 AM GMT
    Huh, I don't feel pain after a work out. I do while I am working out or running, looking to feel "the burn".
  • vhotti26

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    Jan 09, 2015 12:25 PM GMT
    KJMCH said
    I recently started weight training at gym and my body is in total pain


    That's because your body isn't used to it. Train over the pain and it will subside. To build muscle, you have to break your muscle tissue. This hurts. It always will hurt. It's the only way to grow.

    Given time and adaptation, it will only hurt in the gym and not after, certainly not for days.

    Just imagine someone taking up a physically demanding job such as garbage collector. If he hasn't done anything like that before, his body will ache after hauling all those trash cans. He will get used to it. If he calls in sick because his body hurts, he will lose his job. He will have to work over that pain.

    Bottomline is, get your ass to the gym and ignore the pain (unless it clearly is in a joint, in which case you should avoid the movement that caused it at all cost).
  • daddysw

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    Jan 09, 2015 3:49 PM GMT
    Apart from the pain, be aware of the effect that this new exercise will have on your immune system. You might find, for the first few days or weeks, you develop some minor flu like symptoms. Nothing to worry about, and no need to treat it, but if you have a slight raised temperature and a bit of a throat, it will pass. You'll notice this if you ever have a prolonged break from training, and try to get back into it too quickly ..
  • KJMCH

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    Jan 09, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    vhotti26 said
    KJMCH said
    I recently started weight training at gym and my body is in total pain


    That's because your body isn't used to it. Train over the pain and it will subside. To build muscle, you have to break your muscle tissue. This hurts. It always will hurt. It's the only way to grow.

    Given time and adaptation, it will only hurt in the gym and not after, certainly not for days.

    Just imagine someone taking up a physically demanding job such as garbage collector. If he hasn't done anything like that before, his body will ache after hauling all those trash cans. He will get used to it. If he calls in sick because his body hurts, he will lose his job. He will have to work over that pain.

    Bottomline is, get your ass to the gym and ignore the pain (unless it clearly is in a joint, in which case you should avoid the movement that caused it at all cost).


    Yet again what you say makes total sense.
    I like analogy you use of the garbage guy.
    Just means I must keep working on it then
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    Jan 09, 2015 8:35 PM GMT
    KJMCH saidJust means I must keep working on it then

    Just be sure and give your muscles some rest time. If you're working the same muscles every day you'll have problems.
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    Jan 09, 2015 11:23 PM GMT
    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/sore-muscles-dont-stop-exercising?page=2

    Try searching "delayed onset muscle soreness" "DOMS." You'll find everything from "tough it out" to people selling magic pills with a big dose of pseudoscience nonsense.

    When I've had it, a warm-up of light bike riding or rowing seems to work it out.
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    Jan 11, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    I get terribly sore if I haven't worked out in a while, and sometimes it's so bad I get flu like symptoms as another poster mentioned. These are the things I have found to be most effective:

    • Deep Tissue Massage - Nothing beats this for me personally.
    • Steam Room or Hot Tub - This helps me loosen up so I can stretch properly
    • Stretching - Whenever possible I do this in the steam room
    • Glutamine - I take this immediately after a brutal workout or before I go to bed. Don't underestimate the power of this stuff. It really works!

    Also, a very light workout can actually help with soreness, but I do stress very light.
  • mybud

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    Jan 11, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    Stretch 5 minutes before lifting, 5 minutes after lifting...Done.
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    Jan 11, 2015 6:50 AM GMT
    Consistency of working out three or more days a week and having a really good stretch-out session before (or/and also after) each work out is a great pre-healer. - Self experience