max13 is at it. You will get used to squatting and the DOMS won’t be as bad eventually. Also no, painkillers don’t “cause health damage” unless you pop 5000mg of ibuprofen or paracetamol daily. Foam rolling also helps to get the blood flowing.
I didn’t see any leg workouts in the last three weeks of your training log, only some comment about knee pain.
What did your leg workout look like? The exercises, sets, and reps. Did you hit muscular failure on any sets?
Like the guys have said, of course you’re going to have major DOMS when you start training a bodypart that isn’t used to being trained. But as long as your training isn’t dumb, the body will adapt and it’ll soon be no big deal. Make sure you’re eating enough, including workout nutrition (protein-carbs during training), to provide nutrients to recover with.
I’m laughin so hard currently. I knew this was going to be excellent when I did read the headline.
Seriously though - you’ll get used to it, like said before. I also wonder that have you moved to a new method/higher volume recently? New intensity or volume may hurt a little first. Regular 5x5 should not cripple you like that.
AND, if you continue to suffer terible DOMS, check your recovery methods or do something easier.
Sounds like my life at one point. 8 squat sessions a week while it lasted.
Color me unimpressed OP. If it’s knee pain, you need to take a step back and learn how to do leg work and keep yourself healthy. If on the other hand it is DOMS, then either don’t do 24972 sets of legs or suck it up.
It takes 2-3 weeks to get used to a new routine, and if you never did it before you’ll pray for death like you are now. Deal with it and get stronger. It will only take a couple weeks. Stabbing leg pains sounds like me trying to walk up stairs after leg day. Normal.