Why am I always sore after working out?

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May 7, 2009 11:50am

jena716 jena716
4 posts

I work out like every day, alternating cardio and strength training and the next morning I get up, I find myself saying out loud OWWWW I’m sore. Why if i am in great shape, would I still be sore from exercising? Shouldn’t my body have adapted to my exercise regimen by now?

May 7, 2009 12:43pm

urbancowboy6221 urbancowboy6221
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May 7, 2009 1:28pm

Doo Doo
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I find that foam rolling helps but it can definitely hurt more while you are doing it.

May 7, 2009 1:55pm

Bogleg Bogleg
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I would need more information to hazard a guess. What does your typical week of workouts look like?

If I hit a single body part only once a week, it will get sore every time I work it out (i.e. if I do arms on Mondays, then on Tuesday and Wednesday my arms will be sore).

If I hit a single body part twice per week, then after the first round of soreness I don’t really get sore anymore until I take a week long break.

But that’s just me – everyone is different. I’d be interested in what your workouts look like over time – especially the strength training.

May 8, 2009 10:35am

blbraner blbraner
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I think that article does a good job of explaing a lot

while I dont competely agree with it, steching after an exersize is always good. Also if you legs are sore, it may hurt but stech them out get up and use them. Get the blood flow working and it should help speed up recovery

May 19, 2009 12:46am

Ryan64 Ryan64
5 posts

Take a Glutamine Supplement its pretty cheap and really reduces feeling sore after exercising.

May 26, 2009 11:35am

kc_fitness kc_fitness
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Overtraining is a possibility. I don’t know how long you’ve been following the same workout program or if you take any rest days at all, but while cardio and strength training are both necessary you can end up straining your body by doing both without resting between. If you do fullbody workouts you’re already getting your heart rate up if you do the workout right. If you aren’t specifically working on being able to run or bike for sport reasons then try dropping off the cardio for a little while and focus on making your strength days fast paced and high intensity. If you’re like me and just can’t stand the days you do nothing then on those “off” days trying doing easy stuff like stretching or taking a walk with your dog or go bowling….basically something easy that won’t be intense.

An example would be Full Body on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Rest or stretch every other day of the week.

May 27, 2009 2:20pm

kunowski kunowski
1 post

make sure you’re eating enough protein. your muscles need protein to rebuild after a workout. a protein shake after each of your workouts (especially after strength training) will make a huge difference. also try to increase the amount of protein you eat in your regular meals as well.

May 27, 2009 2:54pm

Jadzia Jadzia
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If you don’t like protein shake, a glass of milk can also be great!

May 27, 2009 7:28pm

dcoder dcoder
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It’s either one of two things; A) Your working out different muscle groups and they are recovering which is why you are sore or B) when you are working out you may not be using proper form which can cause your body to strain. Hopefully is’s not the latter. :-) It’s also a good idea to alternate your muscle groups when working out (e.g. Monday back and biceps, Tuesday chest and triceps etc.).

It would be a good idea to get with a trainer at your gym to find out which it could be. Good luck!

May 29, 2009 9:59am

chaddukes chaddukes
888 posts

Short answer; I think its your programming.

I’ve taken a look at your workout log, but it doesn’t look like you’re logging your workouts. However, I do see the types of programs that you’re doing. And I think that your experience makes a great argument against bodybuilding routines for people who aren’t trying to be body builders.

I’d suggest that you try to avoid doing body part splits and isolation exercises. Also, avoid lifting to failure. Try doing whole body compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, lunges, pull ups, push ups, etc. And try using higher loads, with fewer repetitions. This will translate to better athletic performance, more functional strength, and less soreness!

May 29, 2009 10:57am

triplexpac triplexpac
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Are you so sore that it’s making it hard to move around and do things? Or is it just a bit of muscle soreness when you wake up and you don’t really worry about it through the rest of the day.

After a workout day I’ll have a bit of muscle soreness, but it’s really nothing at all to worry about. Once I start working out again, it feels better.

May 31, 2009 1:51pm

reptiliam reptiliam
4 posts

Make sure you’re getting enough water! If you aren’t properly hydrated, it’s going to take longer for your muscles to rebuild.

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