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Aching after the gym

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    I've been going to the gym for a few months now to try and bulk up a bit but I'm consistently having the problem of feeling sore for 2 or sometimes even 3 days after I've been. I'm not particularly strong so I never pump the weight up on the machines very high but I still end up aching regardless. Is there a decent way to reduce this or stop it happening completely?
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    I like aching when I've been to the gym... makes me feel like I had a decent workout!
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    look up DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, consume protein post workout, either in food or supplement form, also carbs
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    My experience is that this ALWAYS happens when you're working muscles hard. No pain, no gain
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    (Original post by Man-in-the-Moon)
    I've been going to the gym for a few months now to try and bulk up a bit but I'm consistently having the problem of feeling sore for 2 or sometimes even 3 days after I've been. I'm not particularly strong so I never pump the weight up on the machines very high but I still end up aching regardless. Is there a decent way to reduce this or stop it happening completely?
    DOMS. Stretch after your workout and make sure you eat as soon as possible afterwards.
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    To all saying it means a good workout, I agree, but it means if the aches do last for 2 or 3 days then I never feel like going back to the gym until it's completely gone, and I plan on going more often after my exams are over.
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    (Original post by Man-in-the-Moon)
    I've been going to the gym for a few months now to try and bulk up a bit but I'm consistently having the problem of feeling sore for 2 or sometimes even 3 days after I've been. I'm not particularly strong so I never pump the weight up on the machines very high but I still end up aching regardless. Is there a decent way to reduce this or stop it happening completely?
    I'd feel as if I'd had a crap workout if I wasn't sore for at least a couple of days afterwards.
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    (Original post by iainthegreat)
    DOMS. Stretch after your workout and make sure you eat as soon as possible afterwards.
    Streching or warming up have shown not to prevent soreness.
    Saunas can help speed of recovery as well as getting back to the gym.
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    your diet isnt good enough or you dont sleep enough.

    get at least 100g of protein and make sure you get alot of calories.

    sleep for at least 8 hours and let yor muslces recover between workouts.


    oh and ...free weights >>>>> machines
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    tomo[/s].;31362915]Streching or warming up have shown not to prevent soreness.
    Saunas can help speed of recovery as well as getting back to the gym.
    Stretching afterwards, from experience, definitely makes a difference.
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    Yeah, get on the protein shakes. Maybe a swim after your workout too.
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    (Original post by Man-in-the-Moon)
    I've been going to the gym for a few months now to try and bulk up a bit but I'm consistently having the problem of feeling sore for 2 or sometimes even 3 days after I've been. I'm not particularly strong so I never pump the weight up on the machines very high but I still end up aching regardless. Is there a decent way to reduce this or stop it happening completely?
    If it's soreness in the legs, walking lightly for around twenty minutes should help with blood circulation and help reduce the soreness
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    i say stretch the muscle properly before you lift, especially if your going to go heavy
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    Stretching before and afterwards?
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    Definitely stretch after a workout as has been mentioned in here a few times. Nobody in my gym seems to stretch/warm down after a workout so I tend to look a bit silly going through stretches but it's certainly worth it if you plan on going 3+ times a week.
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    Goddammit. Stop using machines and use freeweights instead.
    High weight low rep. Starting strength.

    Now, for your question.
    DOMS is good. That aching feeling means you've been working hard. If you keep going to the gym up it will fade and you'll hardly notice it unless you do an exercise you're not used to.
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    (Original post by iainthegreat)
    Stretching afterwards, from experience, definitely makes a difference.
    Yeah, some people say it helps, some say it doesn't. I find it adversely affects me my friend doing a PhD at Loughborough says the evidence on stretching is inconclusive, so I think people should just do what works best for them as there doesn't appear to be a proper answer.

    I find that it's a good sign and I always ache for a couple of days (but with my left shoulder hurting for longer than the other muscles, not quite sure why this always happens).
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    (Original post by little_wizard123)
    Yeah, some people say it helps, some say it doesn't. I find it adversely affects me my friend doing a PhD at Loughborough says the evidence on stretching is inconclusive, so I think people should just do what works best for them as there doesn't appear to be a proper answer.

    I find that it's a good sign and I always ache for a couple of days (but with my left shoulder hurting for longer than the other muscles, not quite sure why this always happens).
    Fair enough, yeah each to their own, I find it helps so I'll keep doing it. I need to improve my flexibility so stretching is probably a good idea for me.

    And I see you're at Lufbra as well, me too.
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    I get this as well, but what you'll find is, the more your body gets used to doing something, the less it'll start to hurt.

    Things are bound to feel odd at first.
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    Also, if it's your arms in particular that are aching, try stretching them first, and then some light starjumps. The soreness should fade once your body adapts to it all.

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