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“I Could Barely Walk It Was Such a Good Workout”

We’re all programmed to think that soreness = a great workout. People tell their gym “war stories” with pride. “I worked out so hard the other day I could barely move for the next few days.” Uh…

Let’s get something straight right here, not being able to move for a few days after a workout does not mean that it was a good workout. It actually most likely means that it was too hard for you, or it wasn’t designed well. As The American Council on Exercise explains, “An appropriate workout creates a sense of mild soreness, where you can feel that the muscles experienced a challenge; it should not be a debilitating, painful soreness that lasts for several days.”

And going to the gym when you are still in super pain? Not such a great idea. You want to fully recover - to the point where there is almost no soreness at all before working those muscles again. This is why we always tell beginners to exercise to ease into it. This is also why we always advise that you roll or stretch after a workout, and why we always include a little cool-down stretch after every team training.

As your exercise level increases, the soreness will decrease and you’ll start finding that you aren’t nearly as sore as when you started your exercise routine. You might also find that adding supplements (and as always, having a great nutrition plan) will help increase your body’s ability to repair itself so you have less of those “I could barely walk days.”