I called in to see my friend Dave today to pick up my truck.
He’s been kettlebell training with me for years now.
I walked in and within seconds he called me an array of names.
“What the @*?} did we do Tuesday night, I can’t move.”
Dave was a bit sore, in fact he was walking like he had soiled himself!
Dave had what many of us get after training. DOMS.
DOMs stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
It from ‘eccentric loading’ and causes microtrauma to the muscle fibres.
Lots of people still think that muscle soreness is caused by lactic acid.
This isn’t the case.
We’ve all had DOMS at some stage.
It usually hits 24-48 hours after training.
The repair process to the muscle fibres creates stronger and firmer muscles.
It also uses up a a lot of calories in the repair process and where protein in the diet become essential.
Protein helps with growth and repair of muscles.
So should you train when sore?
The answer is yes.
By all means yourself some recovery time.
Increased blood flow through exercise will help speed up the repair process.
It’s also import to work through ranges of movement to avoid any prolonged tightness.
Stretching or foam rollers or massage balls are also good.
Just for a few minutes, thats all it takes.
It may be a little uncomfortable at first but eases quickly.
As Mrs P says when I complain about my aches, “Man up”.
Have a good evening.
Russell ‘manning up’ Pearcy