Second Day Soreness

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    May 18, 2010 3:52 AM GMT
    Don't know if this has ever happened to anyone, scanned the forums a bit, but didn't find anything. The run-down:

    Did a pretty solid leg workout. One that, when you're done with it, you think stairs won't be fun for a few days. Which is a great feeling, and anyone who doesn't work out their legs just won't get..

    Wake up the next morning and there's nothing, further it continues all day and I'm left seriously wondering if I didn't go hard enough... until I wake up the following day and my legs are rather sore, and continue to be so for the next few days.


    Not really concerned about it, but I thought it was incredibly strange that it would take 36 hours for my legs to get sore like that and am curious if this has happened to anyone else, or if someone had an explanation.
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    May 19, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    Yeah I get that too especially when it's a massive work out. I really like the feeling but sorry, I have no idea why it happens either.
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    May 19, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    I get that when I haven't worked out my legs in a while. The soreness comes after the 24 hour mark and I can barely walk for the next two days after that. When I work out my legs more regularly it's not as bad... Leg workouts are great - but they take sooo much out of me I tend to find excuses to put them off...
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    May 19, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    It's called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). Strength training causes a disruption in the parallel structure of our muscles' protein composition. Long story short the white blood cell response doesn't kick in immediately and that's why you don't feel it until one or two days later.
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    May 19, 2010 2:47 PM GMT
    Often DOMS can be as much as 72 hours later with some larger muscle groups. Hydration, and creatine intake also contribute to the varying degrees of post trauma tenderness.

    The more you hydrate, and the more you're supplementing to push protein into the muscle and restore ATP immediately after a heavy workout, the less likely you are to feel the more pronounced soreness.

    I sometimes get frustrated at not feeling it enough...which is absurd, but much like a fierce pump, tenderness tells my brain I've butchered the right target and that I've done my job. It's better in the long run if it's just a little tender, because it's the recovery and repair that I really WANT to have happen. But once in a while it's a nice reminder in weird pain is pleasure kind of way.

    FYI, the old DOMS cure of hot/cold/hot/cold hydration is a sure-fire cure for the sensitivity (in the shower, focusing the water on a tender muscle group, hot as you can stand it for 30 secs. then cold as you can stand for 30, repeat, repeat, repeat, etc) but you MUST drink tons more water when you do this.

    P.S. - I've had leg days, actually most, where walking to the car is hard to do, and a couple of times I've stumbled getting up from leg extensions. I laugh and grin when it happens because it just feels like "yeah! That is what I'm supposed to do!" Even days where driving home is slow and deliberate (not dangerous). But I've learned to remind myself to attend to it, right away, and not let it linger. I rest, and treat it. Because if I'm continuing to do damage, then i'm not recovering, and growth ONLY happens in recovery. So while I understand and empathize with the "high", addressing it is better for your goals. Truly.)
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    May 20, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info guys! Guessing that if it happens again I'll need to just relax and let them get back to their operable best.
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    May 20, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
    I just finished my own "homebuilt" 12-week program a few weeks ago, and each workout left me sore for 2-3 days...on purpose. Just let your muscles rest until the soreness is gone and you'll be fine.
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    May 20, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    I have the same problem after heavy leg days. Day One is painful. Day Two is big old mess. Sometimes my legs don't even work right. I sometimes walk like I have a mild case of cerebral palsy. As I move a leg forward, it tends to jerk uncontrollably and throw me slightly off balance and I have pronounced limp that I cannot control.