Is it okay to work muscles if they are very sore after resting them for a day
- 08-05-2011, 03:55 PM
- 08-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Some light exercise with minimal eccentric activity will probably speed recovery. That said if you're really sore you probably need to take a full day off. It's not that you can't work past any soreness it's just sore as hell is not a sign you need to go after those same muscle groups again.
Either a light workout with the goal of speeding up recovery for these muscle groups or at least another day off, probably a few.
- 08-06-2011, 12:03 AM
08-07-2011, 02:48 PM
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Hope this helps!
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08-07-2011, 05:21 PM
08-15-2011, 10:37 PM
Its just a rule of thumb not to work a muscle if it is still sore. Like others have said, you can do light resistance or full body cardio/calisthetics such as swimming to process the lactic acid. Ive never heard of of lactic acid being a catalyst of muscle growth.
Its debated whether delayed onset muscle soreness is secondary to lactic acid production or microtears in muscle sarcomeres. I say after a hard resistance workout, a muscle needs AT LEAST 48 hours rest. The bigger and stronger you are, the more weight you lift, the more rest you need.
I also agree with the guy who said increase calories to expedite recovery.
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09-05-2011, 08:28 PM
What usually works for me, and it has been working well, is "listening" to my body and trying to gauge when I have recovered enough to train those muscles again. It is important to note that because everyones body is different, each persons recovery time will differ as well. What is great tho is that with time your bodys recover time will decrease and allow you to work a muscle 2 maybe even 3xs a week. Know that smaller muscles like your biceps will recover the quickest, and larger muscles like your back and legs will take longer.I worked my chest, triceps, and shoulders the day before yesterday and they are still sore as hell. I just want to know if it is safe or will it cause injury or some other negative effects on my muscles.
Arnold even says in his book (bodybuilding encyclopedia) to be carefull not to put extra stress on your muscles by doing lots of sports or chores like yard work so your body can fully heal.
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