Does Muscle Soreness Mean Growth?





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Published on Apr 12, 2012

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Does Muscle Soreness Mean Growth?

Anyone who trains hard with weights is familiar with the feeling of muscle soreness that usually shows up around 24 hours after an intense session at the gym. This is technically referred to as "delayed onset muscle soreness" or "DOMS" for short.

But does muscle soreness mean growth? Is muscle soreness good or bad, or neither?

People often ask me "should I be sore after every workout", and the answer is that delayed onset muscle soreness is actually irrelevant when it comes to gauging the success of your workouts. No one actually knows for sure the answer to the question of what causes muscle soreness, but many speculate that it's actually a sign of connective tissue damage rather than actual muscle tissue damage.

In any case, it's not something that you need to concern yourself with. Some workouts will make you very sore, while others not so much. In addition, you'll also find that some muscle groups tend to get much more sore than others. And on top of that, muscle soreness also decreases with time as you become more and more experienced.

Besides, if it was true that delayed onset muscle soreness indicated growth, then the best approach to your workout would be to grab a pair of 10 pounds dumbbells and just perform sets of hundreds of reps on end. That would make you very sore, but obviously it wouldn't be the best approach to gaining muscle.

So, is muscle soreness good? It's neither good nor bad, and it's not something to pay attention to. All of your focus should instead be placed on progressive overload. As long as you're continually getting stronger over time and adding weight to the bar, then you're on the right track regardless of how sore or not sore you get.


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