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Always Sore the 2nd Day, Never 1st Day

After a hard workout, my buddies are always complaining the next day about how sore they are, when I feel absolutely nothing. It is never until the 2nd day after workout out that soreness hits me. What does this mean?

Just type “DOMS” into your search engine and follow the hundreds of hits. There’s a lot of info out there on this issue. In essence, they are all similar manifestations of the same issue - muscle damage caused by intense exercise. Very high intensity appears to take longer to surface. Perhaps you work out harder?

Regards,

WiZlon

Soreness is part of the inflammatory response to muscle damage. It may take more than 24 hours to manifest itself, which is what you are experiencing.

Cheers

I agree with Dave.

The same thing happens to me, especially on leg days.

Take care,

Ryan

Ok so my question is: Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

I am the same. I may be a little sore the day after working out, but much more sore on the following day (usually a day I should be working out again!)

Then again Im starting my routine back after not doing anything for 3 weeks.

Either way… I thought soreness is a good indicator you are doing something right. There a huge difference between soreness the day after or the day after after?

[quote]T-Islander wrote:
Ok so my question is: Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

I am the same. I may be a little sore the day after working out, but much more sore on the following day (usually a day I should be working out again!)

Then again Im starting my routine back after not doing anything for 3 weeks.

Either way… I thought soreness is a good indicator you are doing something right. There a huge difference between soreness the day after or the day after after?[/quote]

Soreness is a good indicator you’re making yourself sore. Do not use it to gauge progress.

Charles Staley has written about this. Check out his D-Tap.

Personally, I think the absence of soreness is a good sign. For example, after a couple weeks of adaptation, a workout that made me sore won’t, as I accomodate it. I see that as progress.

[quote]pr0crastin8r wrote:
After a hard workout, my buddies are always complaining the next day about how sore they are, when I feel absolutely nothing. It is never until the 2nd day after workout out that soreness hits me. What does this mean?[/quote]

If you are paying enough attention to when you are being sore. Your not paying enough attention to something else that is important. Soreness is not a guage of anything, you’ll get it if you haven’t done something for awhile or try something new. So, if your sore don’t worry about it recover then repeat.

[quote]Hill Top Man wrote:
pr0crastin8r wrote:
After a hard workout, my buddies are always complaining the next day about how sore they are, when I feel absolutely nothing. It is never until the 2nd day after workout out that soreness hits me. What does this mean?

If you are paying enough attention to when you are being sore. Your not paying enough attention to something else that is important. Soreness is not a guage of anything, you’ll get it if you haven’t done something for awhile or try something new. So, if your sore don’t worry about it recover then repeat.[/quote]

Yeah, I get that… All my literature says wait 48 hrs before working the muscle group again. Should I be waiting 72 hours those times when I get sore later? You said soreness is not a gauge of anything, but is it a gauge of recovery?

48 hours is good, I don’t believe in that once a week stuff. Unless your on the one a day lift (I am going to try this summer before my Westside training), then follow that. I usually workout the body like it sounds like you are workout out. I am not an expert by far but this is what I have heard from the experts so ya know.

My quads are usually kinda sore about 2 days after working out. This may sound very stupid, but would stretching help?

Somebody else just told me that sore muscles are an indication that you didn’t get proper PWO nutrition. That’s false, right?

[quote]pr0crastin8r wrote:
After a hard workout, my buddies are always complaining the next day about how sore they are, when I feel absolutely nothing. It is never until the 2nd day after workout out that soreness hits me. What does this mean?[/quote]

Look at your screen name. You’re probably not sore the next day, because you procrastinate. You put it off until the 2nd day. Quit putting things off!

touch?

[quote]pr0crastin8r wrote:
Somebody else just told me that sore muscles are an indication that you didn’t get proper PWO nutrition. That’s false, right?[/quote]

I would say YES. Back in the day I didn’t know anything about PWO nutrition, now I routinely have a Surge-like PWO drink. Soreness is the same.

I’m also a member of the 2nd Day Adventist DOMS Church. I think it must be something genetic, because it’s always been like this for me. What I do the following day is stretch, before the real pain hits; I think this helps.

I find that taking some slow releasing protein(s) before going to bed helps reduce soreness more than anything I take immediately post-workout.

Good article by John Bernardi on night-time nutrition here:

http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=198bed

[quote]pr0crastin8r wrote:
touch?[/quote]

Touche?

Yeah, that’s what i said, but the site doesnt let the e with the accent go through for some reason.

[quote]pr0crastin8r wrote:
Yeah, that’s what i said, but the site doesnt let the e with the accent go through for some reason.[/quote]

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[quote]Miserere wrote:
pr0crastin8r wrote:
Yeah, that’s what i said, but the site doesnt let the e with the accent go through for some reason.

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Nope, it doesn’t.

Can somebody tell TC, please. We’re trying to speak french here, for crying out loud!

I’m usually not sore till the 2nd day as well. Not a big deal, sometimes I’m not sore at all, other times I think the soreness comes and goes while I sleep so it never seems to even manifest itself.

All I can really say is, make sure you know the difference between soreness from a good workout and pain from an injury.