Do you get out of bed in the morning after a leg day and say to yourself:
• “Ouch, my legs!” or
• “Oh yeah… great squat session yesterday!”
Or perhaps try to use a public toilet and think to yourself
Does all of this soreness mean you had a great workout, or that you worked out harder than yesterday because you weren't sore the other day?
Do you rate your workout in the "I kicked butt” category?
The feeling of soreness and stiffness you start to notice several hours after working out is called:
Well, I hate to burst your beast-mode bubble, but that soreness you are feeling is not an indication of how hard you worked.
Rather, it’s more of
• what exercises you did,
• how long it has been since those muscles have been used, and
• whether you were doing a lengthening (eccentric movement) or not.
Working your muscles until they are achy and sore means you technically did tax your muscles, which helps them get stronger, but it’s not necessarily beneficial in the long run.
Think about it like this:
This reduces consistency, which is your ultimate goal.
Basically, it comes down to the fact that
• moving more often is better for you
• than going gung-ho for a little bit, and
• then chilling out on the couch trying to recover, and
• moaning about how sore you are.
• Stay consistent
• Don’t miss your training sessions, and
• Don’t over-do it!
This will help your muscles grow.
The feeling of "damn, I can't take the stairs today" won’t!