Stopping when it hurts?

  • Latenight30

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    Jun 14, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    Alright guys, when do you say time for a break?
    I have been out of the gym for 3 months and just getting back to it, so might be going back harder, but when do you have to stop when it hurts.
    Abs? do you work through the pain or do the rest and recovery
    Same with legs and arms
    What do you all do?
  • Road89

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    Jun 14, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    If they are sore because they are tired then you're doing good. If they are sore because they are exhausted then you should take a break. Know the difference from being tired and being stressed.
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    no ur bf should never stop doing it just cuz u decided it hurts... icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    but as far as lifting....u shouldnt do the same muscle groups everyday.....each muzzle group needs at least 72hr recovery time before u exOrcise it again. if yo ass is doing chest on day 1....then dont do it again till day 3 or then the pussy feeling u got in u will prolly be gone

    and remember...pain is just pussiness leaving the body...lolz icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    There and pain. you workout for long enough to know most of them I hope ;-)

    Pain is your body talking to you.

    Sometime your muscles tell you :
    hey dude, it's a bit too heavy, and you made me do it a lot already, I tired, give me a break, I get lactate acid all over, it burn.

    You can ignode this message when you do abs, Your muscle will be upset at you, but who care ? He will eventually adjust, and catch up to be ready for the next time.

    When you feel this way while doing somthing that require form, it's more complicated. You can keep going, but only if you are concentrated enough to keep the right form while your brain is distracted by the pain. If you can't keep the form, stop.

    Sometime you body tells you :
    Nothing important, but right now, muscular fibers start to tear away.
    Personal message : what I make feel you is your tendon getting inflamated.
    Warning : the intervertrable disk between L4 and L5 verterba is starting to expend toward a love affair with your sciatic nerve.

    Those messages, you can't ignore.
    Working hard is painfull, and the ability to ignoe the pain, when you develop it, make you get more result for the amount of time you spend at the gym.

    But it shoud not include micro trauma pain, those one you need to take very seriously even if the pain is easy to handle
  • mybud

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    Jun 14, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    Dude....No pain gain....Lift as heavy as possible... low reps....and you'll be golden.....all the best.....BUD
  • Overtime

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    Jun 14, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    I love that "hurts so good" feeling... and anyone who can give it to me. icon_lol.gif

    I'll work almost every muscle group into the good-pain zone. But with my previously-injured shoulders, forget pain, I stop just past discomfort!
  • tbeaux

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    Jun 14, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    As stated previously, there are different types of pain. There's the DOMS (delayed on set muscle soreness) and there is the just flat out pain that's not right. You will instinctively (or you should) know the difference between the two. I'm assuming that because you have been out for 3 months it is DOMS, but for safety and to prevent injury just make sure you are lifting correctly and moving your body correctly. Never listen to anyone who makes you lift too much. It's better to lift lighter and do correctly than lift heavier and do incorrectly. I go to a University Gym and I see guys who try and work out and my body aches for them with how they do the wrong movements.

    So all that being said, just work your way into it, go harder when you get completely back into a daily routine.
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    Jun 14, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    Let pain be a guide. Some post workout soreness is normal, especially in untrained individuals, but, acute pain means STOP.

    Working out harder is generally not conducive to better results because weight training is a highly intense activity and you need substantial recovery.

    Generally, a program of periodization will be a way to success.

    You need calories, time to recover, sleep, and stimulation, but, not over training.

    Like a ship, steady as she goes.

    Plan for success, stay injury free, and EAT, which, is, by far the single biggest factor that will affect your gains.

    You may well find a that light "pump" session with high reps (ride a bike, reps of 25, etc.) will serve to hasten your recovery and lower soreness.

    Stick with moderate reps (6 to 15, or even 8 to 12), and get pumped up, then, GO HOME; EAT; SLEEP.

    While you can build a bit more strength by lower reps, injury is more likely, and you won't see the muscular hypertrophy that moderate reps will bring.

    If sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is your goal, you'll want to keep the reps up; keep the calories up; not overtrain; be consistent, or even take a few days off every so often to help with recovery.

    You make GAINS when you're NOT in the gym.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 14, 2010 7:11 AM GMT
    I am the type of guy who has medical textbooks for the profession I'm in. It says, in them, pain is your brain's way of telling you to stop doing something, like leaning your hand on the hot stove element. You need to stop doing what you're doing for the pain to go away. I sound Russian, but I'm not. lol ok a little tipsy
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    Jun 14, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    I think it is important to distinguish between different "muscle pains" and "joint pain". Muscle pain (i.e. soreness) can be a normal part of stressing your muscles and can resolve itself quickly. I know you can tear muscles and bruise them too. Most of those you can recover from fairly quickly (short of injuries requiring surgery).

    Joint tissue however can be very slow to heal. I am usually more concerned with join injuries than muscle pain as it can linger for a long time.

    And yeah, your body needs recovery time to build itself up.

    Muscle soreness? I find that sometimes putting stiff muscles back to work are the quickest way out of the soreness (granted you gave those muscles sufficient rest to begin with) If you have not worked muscles in a while (like a break you mentioned) I think you get sore the first few times you hit the gym hard.
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    Jul 02, 2010 10:24 AM GMT
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    Jul 02, 2010 3:40 PM GMT
    If your muscles are sore from working out, take a break and let them heal.
    If your muscles are tired because you've been a lazy bitch, work them until they're sore.
  • mmmship

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    Jul 03, 2010 10:44 AM GMT
    Hurts? Is that the correct way u are describing that feeling? If it is true, u must stop and consult with a doctor. No one works out why some part of their muscle is hurting them. Is it a joint problem? One time, my lower back was hurting me so I stopped working out for two weeks and went to a massage therapist.

    But muscle SORENESS is different. Absolutely different. U need to develop a good workout program. If it is one of ur plans to do beyond failure, u take this soreness with a grain of sand. Whatever it is that you've planned, u must stretch! No way around it. U gotta stretch.
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    Jul 12, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Listen to your body....and not try to endure pain that recurs....which usually means the body needs to recuperate whether tendons or muscles