DOMS – Friend or Foe?

I love working hard at the gym. I hate it when I hold back and don’t give it 100% effort. This has something to do with my ridiculous competitive streak. When I took the Strengths Finder test my strengths included Competition and Importance. So I don’t just want to win, I want to cream the competition and be noticed while I do it!

This can be problematic when your competition is yourself…

Something fabulous about this sport is that you are constantly competing against yourself and no one else. Eeking out one more rep, lifting 5 more pounds, or holding the plank for 15 more seconds are all huge accomplishments in your training regime. When you push yourself this hard, you will find yourself very satisfied and also unable to move the next day suffering from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

This week is my heaviest lifting week for the month, which means it may take me almost 2 hours to complete the workout. Yesterday was leg day, which on a normal training day is epic, but I took it to the next level. I left NOTHING at the squat rack and gave it my all during the leg press, deadlifts, backwards lunges, and ab roller and plank. I worked so hard that I had to take a snack break; first time I ever ate in the middle of a work out.

Today I am walking like I just rode a horse for 27 hours. It hurts to stand, sit, walk, bend over…do pretty much anything other than breath and I love it!

I have a love/hate relationship with DOMS. It helps you know that you absolutely killed the workout the day before, but it makes for awkward and painful times.

Here are 5 ways to know you are suffering from severe DOMS after a Leg Day

  1. If presented with the option of taking a set of stairs or doing 200 pushups, you would gladly choose to do the pushups.
  2. If you drop something on the floor you contemplate whether or not it actually needs picking up because your hamstrings already feel like they are on the verge of snapping.
  3. You find yourself unabashedly rubbing your arse in public because it just plain hurts.
  4. Walking faster than a senior citizen is out of the question and shuffleboard suddenly seems like a sensible sport that you may want to start playing.
  5. Getting up from a seated position is done in three stages:
    1) Grimace and begin to rise
    2) mid point freeze and breathe
    3) final slow straightening out opening of your eyes to ensure you are still alive.

Here’s hoping that after tomorrow’s shoulder workout, drinking coffee will be a challenge! Who’s with me?

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  1. OOOOH, and I don’t know about you, but it sure hurts to go potty too!!

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