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I believe that we can agree that feeling sore a day or two after a good workout is one of the BEST feelings in the world.

I know, I know it sounds weird and twisted, especially when you tell your non-fitness friends.

They immediately react thinking that I’m a masochist for enjoying the level pain and discomfort that muscle soreness offers.

However, it’s not really the pain that I enjoy, but rather the ONE thing that a strong muscle soreness represents – a GOOD and productive workout.

We all have those days, though, were we give it our 105% in the gym.

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I train like I’ve never trained before! I lift like there is no day tomorrow! I sweat so much that I can fill up a swimming pool…twice! You get the point.

I wake up the next day, expecting to be so sore that I can’t even get out of my bed. But as I open my eyes and move around I notice that I’m actually not sore at all.

This immediately triggers a sense of sadness and regret in my brain thinking that I haven’t really had a good workout and completely wasted a good training session in the gym.

I feel incomplete. Like, I’ve done something wrong.
The next time I go to the gym and I train ever harder, even longer, more concentrated, even more intense. I even make a motivational playlist on spotify. I make the gym my own bitch! By this point I have so much testosterone in my veins that I start transforming into Hu-… OK, ok, maaaybe I over-exaggerated here, a bit. But you get the point.

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Next morning – Nothing.

And not only did I not feel any muscle soreness, not only was I extremely sad because of it, but I was potentially overtraining when working out, which can be detrimental and lead to muscle loss.

This raises the question “Is soreness actually required for muscle growth?”

Well, yes and no. Stay with me!

The medical reason behind delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is “…a common result of physical activity that stresses the muscle tissue beyond what it is accustomed to”.

If you want to learn more about muscle soreness check out the video below, everything is really well explained and depicted with cool cartoons:

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