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Training With Muscle Soreness

The following are questions I get to hear very often from my clients. Should you train when your muscles are still aching from the last workout? If you do, can it get you bigger muscles or sabotage your result by over training?

It's safe to say that muscle soreness is something anyone training with weights is familiar with. The severity of muscle or DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) can range from mild discomfort to the point of being almost crippling ache.

The answer to whether you train when your muscles are still sore is not quite as simple as it may seem. You see, most fitness personal trainers will tell you to take a rest when your muscles are still sore.

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Workout When Muscles Still Aching?

In all truthfullness, this is the safest answer. However, many people do not know that by not training when you are still sore, you may possibly be missing out on better results and slowing down your recovery! Surprised? I bet that you are.

So why do we get muscle soreness when we workout hard enough? This is because soreness is basically damage done to your muscle fibers as a result of intensive training. When your muscles aches from training, it is your body's way of telling you that your muscle is in need of repair. That being the case, how can it possibly be good for you to train the aching muscle?

Here is where we get into the controversial area of this subject matter. After reading this article, you may either agree with me or think that I am talking nonsense. Whatever the case may be, all I ask is that you give my arguments some thoughts.

Now, if you have never trained the same muscle group intensively two days in a row or trained it while it was still quite sore, you are going to be in for a shock at how unique a stimulus it can actually be to the muscles you are training.

Of course, I concede that arguments against doing this are very persuasive and strong indeed, such as "your muscles have not fully recovered and you are further damaging it" ( heh, I used to sing the same song too ).

However, consider this issue from an adaptation point of view :-

a) What would give your muscles greater stimulus for massive growth? - If you train the muscle hard once, you will get a good growth stimulus. Your body immediately starts sending nutrients to the damaged muscles and starts the rebuilding effort.

When the muscles are fully recovered and is no longer sore, you train the muscle again and restart the rebuilding process. This is the standard way of training and it usually means directly training a muscle once or twice a week a few days rest in between.

b) If you train a specific muscle hard then the next day, train it hard again. - Your muscle recovery is nowhere near complete and the muscle is sore when you train it on the second day.

Now, if you ponder it over, would the body see (b) as a greater threat to its survival? Would the body then ramp up its recovery processes to try and prepare for the next challenge, which it (from its recent experience of being whacked with the same hard stimulus two days in a row) thinks is coming again very soon and prepares itself even better, thus stimulating faster and bigger muscle growth?

Well, you will only know the answer if you experiment it on your own body but it does work for me and most of my clients. You see, your body's response to training is a very simple "stimulus response" system, but your body is also fully capable of sending more resources where more resources are perceived as being needed.

When you eat, your body sends more blood to the digestive system. Your brain doesn't tell it to do that, it is just hardwired programing survival instinct.When you are hot, your body produces sweat to cool you down naturally. The same thing happens with training.

For instance, when you train your chest muscle, your body sends blood and nutrients to your chest for recovery. It doesn't send it to your hamstrings if your hamstrings haven't been worked at.

If you train your chest hard two days in a row, your body sees this as a big threat to the chest and will ramp up recovery processes to specifically protect the your chest. As simple as that! The consecutive two days of intensive training to the same muscle has built a much greater recovery momentum and thus getting more results out of your training. Does that make sense?

Another advantage to training a muscle when it is still aching even when it is a light training, is that you will still be sending blood (and therefore nutrients) to that muscle, helping it to recover faster than if you didn't train it at all. So even if you are not training the sore muscle muscle hard, it will still help with recovery process.

Yes, I understand many readers may not agree with my theory about training when your muscle is still sore because we have been indoctrinated against it. The only way to know if it works for you is to try it out for yourself. Click Grow Bigger Muscles Fast.

Best Wishes

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