Fantastic post from the @theptinitiative
- Is being sore the best indicator for getting in a good workout? Not necessarily, and this is why...
🔹For many people, delayed onset muscle soreness (or DOMS) is seen as the ultimate confirmation that they worked hard in the gym.
🔹While a good workout and soreness often go together, it's not necessarily the best way to gauge the effectiveness of your workouts.
🔹Studies have shown the two primary contributing factors for experiencing DOMS after a workout are: amount of eccentric loading, and the novelty of the exercises performed.
🔸Eccentric Loading - actively keeping tension through the muscle as it lengthens.
🔸Novelty of Movement - a movement you are not accustomed to doing, and putting unfamiliar demand on the muscle.
🔹Can you have hypertrophy without DOMS? Absolutely. Increasing demand and total volume over time will lead to hypertrophy, with or without experiencing DOMS.
🔹Furthermore, exercising with soreness can limit overall force production during that workout. 🔸TAKE AWAY:
Athletes: focus on good form, steady progression, and moving with intention. Not as much on being sore.
Trainers and Coaches: educate your clients/ athletes about what DOMS really is and why it isn't the best gauge for programming success. #bodybuilding #strengthandconditioning #npcfigure #npcphysique #physique #functionaltraining #functionalfitness #exercisescience #sportsperformance #dpt #musclesoreness #legdayproblems #legday #doms #lowbackpain