I can really relate to this article from Christian Thibaudeau at T Nation this week. I did not train at all last week and am really feeling it today.
Here’s what you need to know…
- Getting really sore after lifting weights doesn’t necessarily mean that you had a good workout that will lead to gains.
- You can stimulate muscle growth without experiencing extreme soreness. That said, you should feel something after a tough workout.
- Most people experience more soreness when dieting, but that doesn’t mean they’re gaining more muscle.
- To reduce soreness and build/retain muscle optimally when dieting, reduce calories for most of the day but increase your pre, intra and post-workout nutrition.
A Love/Hate Relationship
Should you train a muscle group or lift when you’re still sore from your last workout? If so, should that training be different?
If you’re not sore from a workout, does that mean the workout sucked? Or is soreness a bad sign, as some coaches have suggested?
As lifters and athletes, getting sore is something we’ve learned to love because we associate soreness with a productive workout. But it’s also something we hate because soreness can hinder our training.
I could write a super scientific piece detailing the specific physiological phenomenon occurring to get you sore, but let’s keep this “trenches-based.” Here’s my opinion based on my experiences and those of my athletes and bodybuilders.