If you’re sweating it out on the regular, our guess is you probably already know a thing or two about muscle soreness. But before you jump on the #DOMSfordays train, take a minute before your next sesh to consider whether the soreness is just that… We chatted with three Frame PTs about when to push through and when to take a chill pill.
“There’s no scientific evidence as to why you shouldn’t workout with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and in fact, it can actually help relieve it sometimes,” says Fran Finbow, a personal trainer at Frame’s Queen’s Park and King’s Cross locations. “Just remember DOMS should only be severe within a couple of days after a heavy workout. Any longer and you’ve probably overdone it.”
But if the soreness isn’t affecting your mobility, you’re likely good to go to that class. “Ensure you fully warm up pre exercise or use a foam roller pre training to smash out any tight areas of the body,” says Danny Brown, whose fitness background spans rugby, endurance sports, weightlifting and functional training. “You could also do yoga, pilates or light cardio as a form of active recovery between heavier sessions.”
If you’re a cardio junkie, Danny also suggests you consider adding in more strength training to your regime as stronger muscles aid better recovery. To reduce soreness in the future, it’s crucial to cool down and stretch properly. “So no early exits to avoid the shower rush!” You should also refuel post sessions, before light stretches and foam roll between sessions.
But if you feel like you just don’t have the energy, sometimes it really is best to relax… And not to feel bad about it. “Restore and recover with a sea salt or magnesium bath or indulge in a sport massage,” says Barbi Viragh, a HIIT fanatic who sometimes embraces her own advice: “It’s okay to slow down, your body will be thankful for it.”
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