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The Process of Muscle Recovery?


Hey guys,

I have recently been eating a ton to fuel growth and strength. This food intake has allowed me to SMASH records and break PRs consistently, and as a result I have been experienceing some serious DOMS.

My limited understanding is that DOMS is just muscle damage repairing itself, but I was wondering if any science guys know more about this process. What happens after a muscle is tore up from the floor up that makes it grow bigger and stronger?

How much 'fuel' or food is required for this repair (when you're on a diet you're not going to build new muscle b/c you don't have enough fuel to build, in my understanding)?


Basically....I am training harder than I have ever before....eating less calories, but still a few above maintanence and experience little to no DOMS ever....I used to get sore after every workout....and the better I get, the faster I progress, the less sore I get...I honestly, at this point could probably train each muscle every other day, or 3 days a part and be perfectly fine....It's funny when I am putting up pretty big numbers and am less sore after my workouts than years ago, even like 6 months ago...


There's no widely accepted, authoritative explanation for DOMS, but I favor the theory that it's simply inflammation.


Maybe I'm a little slow but what does DOMS stand for? I know that when I was on a more bodybuilding split after a while I too started getting less sore and more strong, but i think after a while it stales out. As for the food question I say 3/4 to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, which means a 200lb. guy would take 150 to 200 grams of protein. Get about 30 to 60 grams of fat, and 500 to 600 grams of carbohydrate.


Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, I think


God, I just love when posters give out specific numbers without knowing anything about the OP.

If I followed your recommendation here, I'd turn into a beached whale.


As opposed to a whale still alive and well in the ocean?

Jake, why are you trying to kill jskrabac?


roidz will do that.
just kidding, you look big man.
can you bench 4 plates for reps yet?


Austin told me he bench's 495 for 15-25 reps on the incline depending on how hes feeling that day. :wink:


I heard it was 6-25.


Fixed that for ya =)