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Does Post Workout Soreness Mean You Had a Good Workout?

Does Post Workout Soreness Mean You Had a Good Workout?

Not necessarily.

Post-workout soreness, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), is a normal response to exercise, particularly if you are engaging in new or intense activities that your muscles are not accustomed to. However, soreness alone is not an indicator of the effectiveness of your workout.

The effectiveness of your workout is better measured by your ability to progress towards your fitness goals over time. If you are able to lift heavier weights, run faster, or improve your endurance, then your workouts are likely effective, regardless of whether or not you experience post-workout soreness.

It's important to note that excessive soreness can actually be counterproductive, as it can impede your ability to exercise at the same intensity and frequency. Therefore, while post-workout soreness can be a sign that you've worked your muscles, it's not the only factor to consider when evaluating the effectiveness of your workout.

Whatever the case may be, getting plenty of rest and recovery from training specific muscle groups is necessary for muscle growth so allow a minimum of 2 -3 days before training the same muscles again for growth.

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