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    How do you know?

    Just wondering how long y'all stay sore after tearing down a muscle group?
    How do you know if you're doing more damage than good?
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    I'm sore from a good leg day for up to 72 hours, depending on how disciplined I have been. Typically though, DOMS jumps on me like a monkey on a banana at 48 hours - I walk like Fred Sanford on Wednesday after I do legs on Monday. Then usually by Thursday I'm feeling ok enough to be thinking 'well, glad my legs are not going to be too sore for deadlifts on Friday'.

    That last comment is a VERY unscientific way that I determine if I'm maybe over doing it: if the body part in question can't be worked, even indirectly, 4 days later, then I need to tweak my program / weights / reps / something.

    That said I'm 50 years old so maybe there is a better scale for younger dudes or those with assistance. I remember the recovery I had with the 'original' 19-norandrostenedione back before we knew better (late 90s, maybe?). That was pretty sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyJ View Post
    Just wondering how long y'all stay sore after tearing down a muscle group?
    How do you know if you're doing more damage than good?
    It depends on various things
    Now I have to be honest on something just because there's pain doesn't mean I stop training. Trust me when I say this again and again training through the pain (depending on the injury or if its just DOMS deal with it) is probably more benefical than sitting around and waiting to recover, I strongly believe in active recovery and if you end up hitting that sore muscle again a few days later I'm telling you! you're pushing more blood, and the good stuff like aminos into the sore muscle which will help recover faster,. Active recovery is legit and its basically when you workout even though you're sore a little bit. What I have found from my personal experience for the past 10 years has been to take breaks/deload when you need to but if you don't throw in an active recovery day where you focus on whatever you want and of course you're not lifting any PR %s but you're still getting some blood into the muscle to help with recovery. I have no science on this but its what I have noticed

    Now to answer your question
    Arms, chest, back, will take 1.5-3 days depending on what I was doing. Chest/arms recovery is really good
    Now for legs and calves, in all of my time training the fucking legs have trouble recovering as fast as the other body parts

    The worst one actually being the calves, if i hit calves hard, heavy and pump them full of blood where i feel like the skin is going to explode, im telling you i can barely walk for a week later
    Something about calve workouts my body just doesnt like

    Hamstring/quad/thigh DOMS i love and enjoy the pain
    It lets me know you're still alive... btw leg day was today so a little doms coming on tomorrow i already feel it
    to make matters worse, i hit legs a few hours ago earlier today and im waiting for the night to hit before heading back to the gym, i have some shit to do tonight, the gym and me have unfinished business
    trying to get amped up right now listening to some music..
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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyJ View Post
    Just wondering how long y'all stay sore after tearing down a muscle group?
    How do you know if you're doing more damage than good?
    If I dont feel pretty good and not sore by day five I know my diet isnt good enough.
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    Thanks for all the responses. I'm currently staying really sore for 2 days when I really go hard. The Fred Sanford comment is perfect lol. That's how I walked around at work today.

    Legs and chest sometimes 3 days
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    So just throwing this out there am I the only one who trains sore and through the pain? Does that stop gains in any way to continue training this way or you should take it easy and just take a rest day before returning to the gym?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDCG19 View Post
    So just throwing this out there am I the only one who trains sore and through the pain? Does that stop gains in any way to continue training this way or you should take it easy and just take a rest day before returning to the gym?
    It depends on if it is a little sore or a lot sore AND how likely it is that it will impact my workout. A 'little sore' being irritating but not overly problematic, a 'lot sore' being limiting and truly painful - not the hurts so good pain but the 'oh snap, I think I might have injured myself' kind.

    As for impact on the workout, I judge it like this. Legs being sore on deadlift day can be a deal breaker, but pecs being sore on leg day isn't a problem. There are other combinations but those are the big ones to me.

    If I don't feel like hitting the weights on a gym day, I will usually try to do something like weighted (or unweighted) walking, an easy swim or something else fairly light.

    Just my 2 cents and likely overpriced at that.

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