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Avoiding Soreness

Here’s a little trick I found out accidentally to avoid feeling sore after training.

The downside: you have to know there’s a tough workout ahead.
If your power rack jumps you and insists on squatting, well, sorry.

Basically, have a mini-workout consisting of 3 or 4 sets of tomorrows main exercise.
It doesn’t have to be exactly the same exercise. Roughly the same is ok.
You need only one or two real workset, but no need going above 90%. Use medium # reps here.
Full ROM should be used, the muscle should get a good strech under load.

Can’t vouch for superheavy deads or high volume workouts, though.

It obviously works best of you’ve been absent from the gym for some time or experience weekly soreness from a particular nasty day of your split.