Why Being Sore Isn't Brag-Worthy

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You worked out super hard and now you are so sore you can barely even walk! We get it, the soreness just won't go away. While you may think the post-pump brag is awesome, it's actually almost as bad as posting on Facebook about every single workout that you complete. While you may take your sore legs as a sign of a good workout, experts would disagree. Well and Good NYC tells us why.

Why You’re Sore: By a “novel stimulus,” Grossman means you’ve switched up your workout and surprised your body with something totally new. So if you’re a barre class regular and go for a 5-mile run for the first time in years, your legs might not want to move 24 hours later. If you’re a Barry’s Bootcamp junkie and suddenly go to yoga, bendy is probably not the only thing you’ll feel the next day. (Which explains why CrossFitters are always sore and dying to talk about it, since their workouts change day-to-day.)

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Soreness also tends to occur with lots of eccentric (lengthening) muscle contractions, which you can think of as the “lowering” or “decelerating” phase in a weight-bearing exercise, he says. So if you’re bench pressingthe part where you’re lowering the weight back down will encourage soreness, while pushing a sled (a common exercise at Peak), which is all concentric contraction (shortening), might not.

What to Do on Achy Days: In a locker room recently, a group of women were chatting about aching muscles. “It’s so good to work out when you’re sore,” one gushed. Well, not necessarily.

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