My chest was definitely sore today from yesterdays chest & back workout. I remember a time when I was perpetually sore; there was never a day where I wasn’t feeling the aftermath from yesterdays workout. However, lately I don’t find myself to be sore after every workout. That is probably my fault for not pushing myself hard enough – I have been a bit of a woos in the weight room. I used to lift till my max – to the point of shaking, constipation face-ing (you know what face I am talking about), grunting, and gasping. I think this is partially due to my bipolar workouts. I have no been very consistent with my workouts for the past 3 or 4 weeks; switching them up far too often. By the way, that is VERY unlike me. I am a sucker for routine. My workouts are usually exactly the same for 4 weeks and then evolve into something else for another 4 weeks.
Anyway, speaking of soreness, ever wondered why your muscles get sore? Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS is actually considered a physical injury. You usually feel it 24-48 hours after your workout. I used to be the type where, EXACTLY 24 hours after my workout, I would feel the pain. If I worked my legs at 6pm, the next day, I would be fine until 6pm, and I would be unable to walk up and down stairs. Now for some reason, I feel it 48 hours in my legs and 24 hours in my upper extremity. It’s bizarre. Anyway, everyone is different. It does not mean anything if you feel it 24 hours later and Bob feels it 48. Basically DOMS is when you make microscopic tears in your muscle fibres. When you do this new muscle fibres are recruited to increase the diameter of your muscle cells (note: you are born with a set number of muscle cells; increase in muscle cells is called hyperplasia, not to be mistaken for hypertrophy, which is increase in muscle fibres). So when you are sore, it is because you have torn your muscle fibres, which, in turn generate new ones to get bigger, better, stronger, and more toned – all of which we want! So DOMS is a good kind of injury in my mind. Yes, sometimes it is excruciating, and you walk around like you have a stick in your bum, but it just means hard work is paying off!
For the longest time researchers believed that this muscle soreness was due to a build up of lactic acid (a waste product in our body); however, they have now found that the delayed soreness is due to tears in muscle fibres, while immediate soreness – you know the burn you get at your 8th rep of 20 pound bicep curls (okay who am I kidding?! I can’t do 20lbs bi curls…yet…) – is due to a build up of lactic acid.
So there you have it: DOMS! Now go INJUR YOURSELF 😉
Oh! Wait! Before I sign off let me share todays workout! It was a lot like last thursdays workout of Legs & Shoulders.
One-legged Bench Squat (bodyweight) 12 X 3
Exercise Ball Hamstring Curls 12 X 3
Side Lunge 20 X 3
Stiffy’s 12 X 3
Cable Kickbacks 12 X 3
Lying Leg Curl 12 X 3
Barbell Overhead Press on Bosu Ball 12 X 3
Dumbbell Tricep Extension 12 X 3
Pseudo-Circuit: (look at Thursdays workout if you don’t know what this is)
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 12 X 3
Dumbbell Front Raise 12 X 3
Dumbbell Bent Over Reverse Flye 12 X 3
Leg Press 36 X 3
(12 parallel feet, 12 plie stance, 12 feet together)
This was followed by 45 minutes on the Stairmaster. I climbed 170 floors. I intended to go for 45 minutes of Lean Queen Book Cardio, but I started chatting with the lady (her name was Doris) on the stair master beside me. 45 minutes flew by SO FAST and I
couldn’t didn’t lean. We talked about the gym, working out, technology, the future…I liked her. I told her next time we’re both at the gym, we gotta find each other and do cardio together!
You know, in ALL the magazines and websites I read, they ALWAYS emphasize on how great it is to go to the gym with a buddy; but I never have and never do, because I like to be in and out. I don’t like to waste time chatting (during my weight lifting routine at least). I think I should step out of my stubborn bubble and find a (cardio) gym buddy!
I just realized that most of the exercises in my routine today were isolated. I probably should have done the leg press first since it’s one of the only compound exercises. If the last 2 sentences were gibberish to you, then follow my blog for more information on what compound and isolated exercises are 🙂
I have SO MUCH I want to tell you! You and I both have to wait though! I wish I could blog for a living, and just talk about exercise and nutrition! haha wouldn’t that be the life?!
Oh and if your wondering why I did a random triceps exercise…don’t ask me…I just all of a sudden started doing triceps extensions, and I am like wait a second, Alyna, way to be spontaneous on a legs & shoulders day!