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Muscle Soreness Is Not An Indicator Of A Great Workout

While a “no pain, no gain” mentality can be admirable in some ways, your body might not agree with this approach. You may feel sore after a rewarding workout, but this soreness isn’t a requirement for getting stronger or improving your physique.

Oct 3, 2018

While a “no pain, no gain” mentality can be admirable in some ways, your body might not agree with this approach. You may feel sore after a rewarding workout, but this soreness isn’t a requirement for getting stronger or improving your physique. Just like with stretching, exercise science doesn’t confirm that soreness is safe, effective, or useful in attaining your fitness goals.

In this episode of Think Fit. Be Fit, Jenn explores how many people learn the myth of soreness as an indicator of a good workout as well as the sensations of muscle soreness. Soreness is highly correlated with muscle weakness, so when your muscles are sore from a previous workout, you may be predisposed to injuries from overexertion. If your goals are building strength and feeling your best, then soreness can be an enemy if you allow it to persist.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Becoming your own fitness expert means dismantling old assumptions
  • Common myths about building muscles and strength
  • Evaluating your workouts based on soreness can hurt you in the long run

Featured on the show:

The research of Dr Brad Schoenfeld includes the mind muscle connection, muscle development and fat loss http://www.lookgreatnaked.com/

Check out my RTS friend in the Toronto area

https://www.instagram.com/parisellieric/

Lactic acid myth busting from SI.com

https://www.si.com/edge/2016/07/21/debunking-myths-lactic-acid-truth-fatigue-recovery-muscle-soreness

9:30 How you felt about gym class may impact your exercise habits today

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/well/move/how-you-felt-about-gym-class-may-impact-your-exercise-habits-today.html

15:00 Muscle Expert podcast 138 with Greg Roskoph

https://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/mat/

26:00 Research on resting intervals

https://www.lookgreatnaked.com/blog/what-is-the-ideal-rest-interval-for-muscle-growth-implications-from-our-recent-study/

31:00 Overtraining bio-markers

https://bmcsportsscimedrehabil.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13102-017-0079-8

41:00 Taking pain relievers for muscle soreness, bad idea #4

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23013520

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/05/well/move/bring-on-the-exercise-hold-the-painkillers.html

https://www.drperlmutter.com/nsaids-gut-inflammation/

45:00 Mary Roach

http://maryroach.net/