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How to deal with that post-workout soreness.

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17 / 01 / 18

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That stiff legged Frankenstein walk that follows a leg workout. You know it. Actually, to be more accurate, you can’t forget it. But what is it? It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS for short.

So why is it a thing? And how do you get rid of it once it sets in? Ok, so first up, DOMS is your muscles adapting to stress – whether it be a new workout regimen, including a new move in your normal routine or stepping up to a new way of training. Your muscles adapt to stress through developing tiny micro-tears as they break down in order to grow (trust us on that one). And DOMS is a painful reality because it’s these the micro tears, as well as your body working to repair them that causes the pain and subsequent Frankenstein / zombie apocalypse walk.

Ok, so how do you treat DOMS? Well, firstly sitting on your ass and thinking about how much it hurts AKA resting your sore muscles, actually doesn’t help. Yes, it stops that full ache from appearing, but it doesn’t treat DOMS therefore doesn’t speed up your recovery. Instead, you need to do some low impact activity. That means a walk, some gentle yoga, light foam rolling and stretching. It’s even excuse for a bath (you’re welcome)! Anything that promotes blood flow to speed up the recovery process will have you moving, waking and feeling like yourself in no time.

If you’re wanting a little extra help with recovery, check out The Body Guide – Regeneration Edition. It includes our Foam Rolling, Stretching and Yoga sequences, as well as many other recommended recovery activities. It’s the complete approach to getting a fit, lean, toned, balanced bod.

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