Pain After a Workout: Some Myths of Fitness that Will Surprise You, Part 1

Pain After a Workout: Some Myths of Fitness that Will Surprise You, Part 1

We are all thrilled to see that Covid restrictions are easing around the country and we are getting back some of the normalcy we so dearly missed. Now that our gyms are open and fully operational, why not have a refresher about all the information (some useful and some not so useful) that we learned through social media this past year. 

Summertime has finally arrived! Who is ready for the hot girl or hot boy summer?! I know what you’re feeling, it’s January 1st all over again and you are wishing that you had kept up with those New Year New You Resolutions. Now, here we are trying to have our bodies play catch up and cram in as many workouts as we can so you can feel confident in that summer dress or muscle tee. It’s important to remember that this mindset isn’t the best way to reach your goals and sometimes can actually cause more harm than good. It’s important to watch out for warning signs such as pain after a workout. 

Pain associated with a workout is one of the worst indicators for a good workout. The objective to train to pain is absolutely insane. Why would you want to work out but the next day not move? That defeats the purpose of living a healthy lifestyle. We want to train to enjoy our activities outside of the gym. 

The body adapts to any given workload that it is placed under. The body undergoes microtraumas from the result of training. This is normal to any stress and the day after is the soreness you feel and every day the body will recover and become stronger and the soreness will be less and less. We are all far too familiar with feeling sore after a workout…leg day anyone? This soreness that we experience is referred to as DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness. DOMS is a very common effect from any stress the body undergoes that it is not used to. This is the difference between soreness and pain. After the body adapts, you will increase your stamina, and then intensity can increase. 

We can also recommend some options to help recover quicker with some different techniques. Foam rolling and stretching will always be the status quo. Those are two areas that are very controllable for you. Sleep and nutrition are very important but let’s be honest, how much sleep are you getting and how often are you paying attention to food? We can focus on the areas that we have more control over to start. I can make you foam and stretch, but I am not in your kitchen.

I enjoy a good theragun session. It is like getting the world’s best massage in the palm of your hand. Those are just some tips and tricks we use. To learn more we will definitely have to have more of a chat. 

If pain or severe discomfort still persists, then there is a chance that you overdid your workout and there is a likely chance that you are injured. There is a difference between working hard and overworking. 

BY: Sean Fitzgerald, UVAC Personal Trainer