Leg Pain from Training

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    Feb 18, 2010 8:02 AM GMT
    I've been attending a TKD class twice a week and training my upper body on the off days since the start of the year. None of that leaves me sore anymore, and I've noticed real gains. Unfortunately, every time I train my quads outside of class I end up severely sore for two or three days afterward! I mean to the point where

    I assume this is just because the muscle isn't used to being worked and will go away with time and training, but I've still got a Catch-22: I absolutely need more lower body strength to compete in my sport, but I can't afford to be knocked out of commission for half of every week until my legs come up to par.

    What would you guys suggest? Maybe more reps with a lighter weight? More protein in my diet? I know I'm missing some part of the puzzle here. Help!
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    Feb 25, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    Any leg workout is hardcore because that is the largest muscle group to work out. Since the legs are the largest group to exercise, that ALSO means thats a lot more muscle to heal (OUCH). I tend to do my legs on thursdays, that way, i know i have the weekend to NOT be able to walk and ill be up and about by monday. Unless someone on this site knows a super secret about doing legs W/O getting the pain, you just have to deal with the pain of your legs healing 2 or 3 days after you work out.

    Try running, or jumping rope a day after you work out the legs. It will warm up the muscles enabling you to function somewhat normally.
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    Jul 03, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    hey what up ...anytime ur after a big workout eat couple of banana's for potassium and also i would def after a huge leg workout. go immediate to a tread mill and do a cool down session for about 15 to 20 min so u can loosen them up . also make sure ur getting enuf protein 1 gram per body weight it decreases soreness and then finally ...foam rolling and stretching . def foam rolling it does wonders and less than a massuse
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    Jul 03, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    time... sadly there is an inevitable bump where you will just hurt..

    gentle exercise to get blood flow (such as walking) is very important to recover. Stretching and fascial release will also help. Make sure you stretch as hard as you lift.