Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I'm on the DOMS, are you?

When I went to school for personal training, I learned from other instructors and trainers that some people are just prone to being really sore after a workout and that no amount of recovery exercise or stretching would alleviate the aches. I also learned, I was one of those people.

I'm the weird chick who looks like she's feeling herself up, but really I'm trying to massage my pectoral muscles because I did three sets of push ups on these things:

I'm such a handsome fitness model, aren't I?

I'm the freak who walks around like she's doing the "chicken dance" as I try to shake and loosen up my calves and quads.

Funny thing is that if you remove the head, that's what I look like at work, too.

But despite all of this, I go back for more. When it's time to do a good resistance workout, I don't cut anything short at eight reps. When the abs are burning like crazy, I don't think about how it's going to hurt to laugh the next day. I add extra weight to my squats, lunges, and bench step-ups with no regard to the fact that I plan on hiking or running the next day.

The way I see it, if I were tentative about my workouts because I was afraid of how I'd feel the next day, I wouldn't be fit, and I certainly wouldn't be a runner.

So all my DOMS (that's Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, if you weren't familiar with the acronym) friends, but your sore arms up. We're not afraid of a little pain, are we??

What exercise makes you the most sore? For me, it's definitely chest exercises. In the moment, I can do push-ups and flies 'til the sun goes down but the next day... Ooooowwww.....

1 comment:

32flavors said...

I actually knew what DOMS was. Thank you, massage therapy school!