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Muscle Stiffness While Working Out.

Should I keep working out with sore muscles?

if the body part that you want to train is still sore from a previous training session then just exercise those muscles using lower intensity. say you benched on Sunday and Wednesday but your muscles are still sore on Wednesday. then just just use 50% of the loads used during the previous training session, it's called active-recovery. using loads that light will not induce microtrauma to those muscles and will actually speed recovery by increasing blood flow and nutrients to that area. basically you just want to go for a pump using low weights and high reps. you can do this for any body part

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If my muscles ache due to a workout after a long time with no physical effort, should I wait until it's gone or keep on working out despite the pain?

Muscle SorenessAfter activity, muscular soreness typically peaks 24-72 hours after activity. This is the result of small, safe damage to muscle fibers and is called Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS). During this time, your muscles may be tender to touch and feel tight and achy. Movement may initially be uncomfortable but moving and gently stretching your muscles will help to decrease soreness. During the few day period that you experiencing muscular soreness, you might consider performing alternate exercise activities in order to give your sore muscles an opportunity to recover while strengthening other muscles.PainIn contrast to muscular soreness, you may experience pain during or after performing exercise. This may feel sharp and be located in your muscles or joints. This pain may linger without fully going away, perhaps even after a period of rest. This may be indicative of an injury. Pushing through pain can result in injury. If you feel that your pain is extreme or is not resolving after 7-10 days you should consult with a medical professional. This person will diagnose your injury and direct you to the appropriate pathway of care.Muscle soreness improves by stretching and following movement.I would recommend to continue workout as this pain is temporary.

Working out with sore muscles good/bad?

Hello Kenny,

The soreness that you are feeling is in part from a build up of lactic acid in the muscle tissue. As long as you have rested the subject muscle group long enough (48 hours) after a good work out than working out again even if you are sore the action of working out will help get rid of the built up lactic acid. So, what I am saying is be safe listen to your body but workout and the soreness will quickly go away.

I hope this helps!!

What is the best way to get past the stiff muscles stage after working out?

Cooldown effectively, hydrate, refuel the body, stretch and where possible keep the body moving.Epsom salts baths, massages or assisted stretch classes, contrast showers or plunge pools, myofascial release tools such as foam rollers, RolFlex, Moji Foot, Bak Balls etc.Compression garments such as skins or 2XU.Tech such as stims machines like Powerdot or Compex or if money is not an issue NormaTech.At the end of the day, you will almost always have some degree of stiffness/tightness post workout. Everything above is about minimising and managing it. Beyond what has already been mentioned you should always look at your training load - volume, intensity and progression. You want to provide your body with a stimulus which forces adaptation, not immobility. If your training is on point, you should be managing this as part of the process.

Why do my muscles get so sore after workout?

This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS.
DOMS is caused by tiny microscopic tears that occur in the muscle as a result of high intensity exercise (such as weight training, intense cycling, etc). After the workout, the muscle begins to rebuild itself (provided it is allowed enough time and nutrients to recover). This is the rebuilding process which creates new muscle that is bigger and stronger than before. Your muscles grow when you are at rest - not when you're at the gym. That is why you need a day or two between working the same muscles.
Hope this helps

Is Bengay good for relieving soreness in muscles from working out?

Yes and no.after a work out, the body will create a by product of anaerobic exercise called lactic acid; this is the compound that makes muscles sore after a workout. It stays in the muscle until the muscle fibers can repair itself and new blood flows into the area.Bengay is a topical agent that can help mild muscle stiffness. Muscles can become stiff after workouts, too, if there is an inadequate cool down period.To answer your question: after workouts Bengay will help for a short period of time to alleviate short term pain, however, it will not clear the muscles of lactic acid build up or expedite the process.

My muscles hurts a lot. Should I continue working out?

You should stop exercising that muscle until it is no longer sore. What you are experiencing is something known as DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, microscopic tearing of muscle fibers, particularly common for those beginning an exercise program. It will go away in a few days. The key is to ease yourself into new exercise routines gradually, as tempting as it may be to overdo it. You can massage your muscles to ease the soreness, but there is no quick fix.

"Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes a phenomenon of muscle pain, muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that is felt 12-48 hours after exercise, particularly at the beginning of a new an exercise program, after a change in sports activities, or after a dramatic increase in the duration or intensity of exercise. This muscle pain is a normal response to unusual exertion and is part of an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build hypertrophy)...Delayed onset muscle soreness is quite common and quite annoying, particularly for those beginning an exercise program or adding new activities. A beginning exerciser who bikes 10 miles, followed by push-ups and sit-ups is likely to experience muscle pain and soreness in the next day or two.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness - Treatment
There is no one simple way to treat delayed onset muscle soreness. In fact, there has been an ongoing debate about both the cause and treatment of DOMS. In the past, gentle stretching was one of the recommended ways to reduce exercise related muscle soreness, but a study by Australian researchers published in 2007 found that stretching is not effective in avoiding muscle soreness.

So does anything work to reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness? Nothing is proven effective, but some people have found the following advice helpful, but it's best for an individual to try a few things to see what works for them. Ultimately, best advice for treating DOMS is to prevent it in the first place."

How does one prevent muscle stiffness after swimming?

More warm down. As Josh mentioned, warming down is crucial to muscle recovery, for ways that we don't completely understand yet. It's always been thought that warming down was necessary for lactate removal. For elite level swimmers after a 100-200m effort they required 1,400m of easy swimming to return blood lactate to normal levels. While you won't need that much, warming down for 10-20 minutes is key as it also helps kickstart neuromuscular recovery. More research needs to be done on this in the future, as neural fatigue is hard to measure but appears to be a driving force in decreased effort (and a source of residual soreness).More kick. If you are looking to get more meters in the water, but cannot because you are getting too sore too quickly, mix up your swimming with kick work. Alternate 50/100's of swim with kick to give your upper body a chance to recover a little bit. It sounds like your traps are getting super tight, and adding some kick will help lessen the load while you build your fitness levels.Thoracic spine mobility. This has been one of my standby mobility moves for years, and it has saved me time and time again from injury and soreness. Simply grab a foam roller and open up your chest and t-spine. See #2 in this guide to preventing swimmer's shoulder for a visual representation of this particular stretch.

Can i take Cyclobenzaprine for sore arm muscles from working out at the gym?

Yes, you can - while the pain IS due to lactic acid, the lactic acid does cause muscle spasm and contraction. The Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) will help remove the spasm and relieve some of the pain.

I'd recommend to combine the Flexeril with an NSAID like Advil for best results, and also take a bath with Epsom Salts and make sure you drink TONS of water (this will help remove the lactic acid from your system more quickly).

I've taken Flexeril many times after rough workouts, and it does work. I've also prescribed it for others for this very reason.

Hope you feel better!

What indicates muscle growth in the body while working out?

when you add resistance to you muscles then you are actually microscopically tearing them. this is putting your muscles in what is called a catabloic state. catabolic means breaking down. when you talk about a burn all that is, is a build up of lactic acid in that area where you are working. lactic acid is released to produce energy (ATP) when there is no more oxygen giving that area energy to continue for a few more minutes. when you feel the "burn " it means that you are exhausting that muscle. when your muscle starts to repair itself or grow then it is called anabolic which means building.

to answer all your question about soreness that is a sign that you put enough stress on your muscles to be sore. when you get sore it is what is called D.O.M.S. delayed onset muscle soreness. this will accrue between 8 hours to a few days after you are finished working out not necessarily the next day.

to make sure you are working out hard enough the only suggestion that i have is give 100% every time and always challenge yourself. if a weight your doing is light to you then up the weight some or do more reps. you always need to change things in your workout. lower the reps you do but use more weight for a week or two then the next week or two do more reps with less weight. you can always do different exercise. if you keep doing the same thing week in and week out you will eventually reach a Plateau where you stop making gains.

To sum it all up for you, your muscles will grow weather you are sore or not. there constantly breaking down during the day weather its from lifting or other daily activities. Most of the growing happens at night. just remember to challenge yourself every time and don't be afraid to change up your routine weather it be adding weight or doing more reps or changing the lifts that you do. another good way to notice the gains you are making is by taking pictures of yourself once a month and comparing them to see if the program your doing is working or not. i hope this helps you and good luck