7 Dec


Have you ever busted your hump at the gym only to not feel ‘the burn’ the next day but yet a whole 48 hours later? I know I have and it has totally caught me off guard. The good news it that there is a specific name for it and that yes, it is completely normal.

DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and it usually rears its head anywhere from 12-24 hours after you have completed your work out. Often unpredictable, DOMS has also been shown to not rear it’s head until a full 48-72 hours have passed. But anyway you slice it, it’s all good because it means you are getting stronger.

When you lift weights, microscopic tears are made in the muscle fibers, these tears are a ‘must’ for building bigger muscles. They rebuild themselves stronger each time they repair and this is how we achieve our gains in physique and strength. This is also why it is important to pay attention to your level of muscle soreness, you don’t want to undo the gains you have made by not allowing your body the proper recovery time.

Working out while you are still recovering from DOMS is fine but do not stress the body part that is recovering. Lift light, do cardio and take it easy. The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself. And if you are still experiencing DOMS after 72 hours then there is a good chance you simply pushed yourself too hard. Pull in the reigns next time and you should be good to go 🙂 DOMS Even Has It’s On Wiki Page.


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