Does the extent of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) sometimes seem disproportionate to the workout which caused it?
About a week ago, I went through an admittedly half-assed arm workout. I really didn’t want to go to the gym that day and I was completely “going through the motions”, using the same poundages as the week before and in fact doing the exact same exercises. The next day, my arms were killing.
My triceps, in particular, were sore to the extent that getting into a push-up position would have posed a challenge. This wasn’t any exercise related injury, it was just DOMS…very intense DOMS that didn’t seem to fit the workout which caused them.
Just the other day, I finished a real ass-kicker of a leg workout. Back squats, front squats, leg presses, calf raises, and Zerchers. I felt like a million bucks that day and wanted to push myself. Normally, after doing ANY kind of squat (let alone 3 kinds) I get pretty severe DOMS, but after this pretty epic workout my legs were fine. No pain whatsoever…I could have sprinted up a hill afterward with no ill effects.
I don’t want to debate whether or not DOMS = Progress, but rather, do any of you ever get DOMS like this…seemingly disconnected to the workout which preceded it?