Being ridiculously sore for days following your workout isn’t a great indicator a good workout.

There are a lot of “cute” workout memes going around (like the one I’ve posted) That just might be teaching gym goers the wrong things.

I’ve heard (and said myself)
“I’m SO sore 1-3 days after the gym! I love it!”
“I can barely walk for 3 days!”
“My arms feel like they’re going to fall off for days after my workout!”

If you’re THAT sore after a workout, and always get Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), something is more than likely wrong.

What you should be after is “muscle tightness”. Did a leg day? When you squat down to get something the next couple days after, you should know you worked out, but not fall over from crippling pain.

The only time it should be okay to feel like you’ve been run over by a mack truck the day/days after a workout is:

1) New to the workout you’re doing
2) Coming back from some kind of layoff from training (2 week break or more)

Outside of these rare circumstances, you shouldn’t be ungodly sore. If you are? One of the following or a combination of the following is happening:

1) you’re doing too much (ex. too many exercises, too many workouts per week, not enough time in between training the same muscles)
2) you’re not recovering properly ie. too little food/sleep/high stress/incorrect macronutrient combinations

Tight? Sure.
Paralyzed? No.

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