What To Do When You're Sore After a Workout

Do you feel sore after your workouts? Well, good! That means you’re normal!

But do you wonder what you can do to help ease that soreness? We can help with that.

When we exercise, there are a couple key things happening to our muscles.

1. We are actually dealing microtrauma to our musculature (don’t worry, that's not a bad thing). That’s supposed to happen!

2. Our muscles are using energy (ATP, oxygen, etc), and creating wasteful byproducts. Lots of people will call this DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

What’s awesome is that we have a built in system for recovery from that microtrauma. The trick is: increased blood flow.

Now, don’t freak out, these are both good things. When we exercise appropriately, we’re following a principle called SAID, or Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands, which basically means that we cause stress on a muscle or movement, then we recover it, and that thing that we stressed gets stronger!

Back to the blood flow. When our heart pumps more blood through our body, it brings oxygen, sugars, and other nourishment to all of the spots in our body that need it. It ALSO helps get all the wasteful byproducts out of our system.

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If I did a bunch of dips yesterday, it's fair to assume that my triceps will be VERY sore. They’ll obviously require healing. My first instinct might be to sit on the couch wondering why I did this to myself all day, but if I do that, they’ll get NO INCREASED blood flow!

The 100%, clinically proven, BEST way to get rid of that sore feeling is to get up and get moving. Get back in the gym, warm up, get another workout in, and start the process all over again. You’ll thank us.

-Nick Habich is the Owner and Head Coach at CrossFit Cape Coral. He is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.


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Nick Habich