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19 Jul 2006

Good or Bad????
Stiff and sore muscles after a workout, is it a sign that i had a good workout or that i overstress my muscles?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Mark,

Muscle soreness is a generalised indication of microscopic muscle damage. The degree and chronicity of this soreness reflects whether or not this is "good or bad".

While muscles can only "get stronger" through a process of muscle breakdown (catabolism) followed by repair (anabolism), doing too much too soon can lead to injury beyond regenerative repair. This generally presents as muscle "pain" with redness and soreness and is "bad". Muscle soreness generally lasting more than 3 days is also a sign of muscle injury, which indicates you overstressed your muscles.

Stiffness and soreness that lasts less than one full day and goes away completely during the next day's exercise session is "good" and will generally bring about adaptive changes which will make you stronger.

Best of luck!
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