60 seconds or less: Soreness

Posted on January 21, 2019

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(Last Updated On: January 28, 2019)

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Soreness from exercising is good, right?

No.

Think about who gets sore the most- people the most out of shape.

If you’ve been squatting or running for a while, then you take a couple months off and try to exercise like you used to, what happens? You get really sore. Like can’t sit on a toilet without grimacing sore.

The less familiar you are with a given activity, the more likely it will make you sore. The people in the best shape, those most familiar with what they’re doing, they get the least sore.

Think about a basketball player. If they were getting crazy sore after every game, they’d barely be able play more than once a week. As they get in better shape, they can do more.

Soreness is from a traumatic event to the body, just like any other type of pain. The body is trying to tell you “Lighten the hell up!” It is not something to actively seek.

It’s something to almost completely avoid. All it does is make people miserable and less likely to keep showing up to the gym.

Want to get sore? Only workout once every two weeks. Or, even better, only workout once a year! Doesn’t sound very productive, does it?

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