by Charles Poliquin
Do you ever get super sore from training?
Do you use post-workout soreness as a gauge of your progress?
Despite the pain it causes, many people accept delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) as a valuable indicator of having trained hard and thrashed their muscles. They assume soreness means they are building muscle and getting stronger.
It’s logical, but not necessarily so.
Plus, DOMS makes your muscles feel ill, impairs strength for days, and compromises athletic performance. Whether DOMS is indicative of effective training or not, it’s worthwhile to try to prevent it because along with being painful, it keeps you from training as regularly as you would like, often to the point of diminishing returns.