No pain, no gain expresses the belief that in order to build large muscles one must train hard enough to suffer sore muscles the next day. If you are not sore the next day then you did not have a good workout but is this line of thinking true? Christian Finn over at Muscle Evo explains why having sore muscles after a workout doesn’t mean they’re growing any faster.
Why Sore Muscles After a Workout Doesn’t Mean They’re Growing Faster
Even Arnold Schwarzenegger was “feeling it” soon after finishing his first ever workout.
“The guys warned me that I’d get sore,” he writes in Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder. “But it didn’t seem to be having any effect. I thought I must be beyond that.”
“The next morning I couldn’t even lift my arm to comb my hair. Each time I tried, pain shot through every muscle in my shoulder and arm. I couldn’t hold the comb. I tried to drink coffee and spilled it all over the table. I was helpless.”
Most people think that sore muscles after a workout are a sign that you’ve stimulated growth, and that more soreness equals faster results.
But are the two really linked? What does muscle soreness have to do with muscle growth? Can you still build muscle without getting sore?