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June 13, 2012 9:45 AM
Ok. So I started lifting heavy weights on Monday. Whew that was a workout. I am still sore and it's my weight day again. Should I wait until I'm not sore anymore or is okay to work the muscles again while still sore. They never covered this in nursing school laugh
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June 13, 2012 9:48 AM
I was always told/taught that you alternate days w/lifting. M/W/F would be arms/back and T/R/S would be legs. I was also told that if you are sore, stretch well before, lift less reps or weight and stretch well after.
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June 13, 2012 9:51 AM
My coach encourages us to come in even if we are sore. I'd never go otherwise! Rolling, warming up, stretching, and a good workout usually much improves things. He encourages us to stay home and rest if we just feel really drug out and tired overall. And if we have a particular injury or strain we just work around it. Hope that helps.
June 13, 2012 9:59 AM
no reason to do splits unless you're intermediate-advanced. A beginner can handle the volume. They are stronger than they think they are. (Literally. Your brain doesn't know.)

Every other day, 3 times a week. Don't stop for soreness.
DO stop/reduce for injury.

PS: PUGS!
Edited by wellbert On June 13, 2012 9:59 AM
June 13, 2012 10:01 AM
QUOTE:

no reason to do splits unless you're intermediate-advanced. A beginner can handle the volume. They are stronger than they think they are. (Literally. Your brain doesn't know.)

Every other day, 3 times a week. Don't stop for soreness.
DO stop/reduce for injury.

PS: PUGS!


Ok so I love your pug. That's a cute one! Also, thanks! That's what I'm trying to do is MWF on weights with rowing machine as my cardio and Tue/Thur/Sat on running (just started the C25K since I'm over my injury and allowed to start running again). :)
  10358132
June 13, 2012 10:02 AM
thanks for the advice everyone. I wasn't sure if I should but yes, I probably would keep putting it off if I didn't go even while sore ;) Maybe I'll sit in the hot tub after just to relax
  10358132
June 13, 2012 10:08 AM
QUOTE:

Every other day, 3 times a week. Don't stop for soreness.
DO stop/reduce for injury.


I'd agree totally with that for full body sets. If it's been 48 hrs. since you last worked out you should be fine even if you're sore and you will be sore especially if you're just starting this routine. It gets better but I generally fell a little bit some somewhere during any given part of the week. Today it's the chest since I did heavier lower reps on Monday. Tomorrow I'm sure my arms will be sore some from last night.

Working out is actually one of the best ways to relieve soreness if you're just moderately sore. I do legs on Friday night or Saturday morning and they're often still a bit sore on Monday morning when I start cardio again. They feel better after I get them warmed up and I usually don't even notice them being sore when I run.
June 13, 2012 10:09 AM
I hear you can and you're kind of supposed to, but whenever I try to lift heavy when I'm sore it's a little painful. I generally do a lower weight at higher reps.
June 13, 2012 10:12 AM
You can absolutely still lift! Just make sure you take an anti-inflammatory and ice good when you finish!
June 13, 2012 10:14 AM
QUOTE:

no reason to do splits unless you're intermediate-advanced. A beginner can handle the volume. They are stronger than they think they are. (Literally. Your brain doesn't know.)

Every other day, 3 times a week. Don't stop for soreness.
DO stop/reduce for injury.




Agree. I do splits / lift 4 days a week. In the beginning, I was just doing a total body routine for the most part every other day / 3 times a week. Don't stop for soreness. If you feel like you have an injury, then by all means stop. But if you're just sore from a good lift, keep it going every other day.
June 13, 2012 10:14 AM
I also just started lifting on Monday and was thinking the same thing! My arms are ok, but my legs are more sore today than yesterday I think! I guess we will have to suck it up and lift again today:) Feel free to add me as a friend for motivation, maybe we can keep each other on track!
  12378534
June 13, 2012 10:20 AM
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thanks for the advice everyone. I wasn't sure if I should but yes, I probably would keep putting it off if I didn't go even while sore ;) Maybe I'll sit in the hot tub after just to relax


yes def workout while sore - its the only thing that makes it better lol

something else i heard just recently is, DON'T SIT IN THE HOT TUB straight after lifting (or really hot shower) it makes the effects worse. i have a swim straight after then a coolish shower - makes a difference :)
  16043291
June 13, 2012 10:30 AM
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I also just started lifting on Monday and was thinking the same thing! My arms are ok, but my legs are more sore today than yesterday I think! I guess we will have to suck it up and lift again today:) Feel free to add me as a friend for motivation, maybe we can keep each other on track!


I'll add you! My arms and chest are what's sore. My legs aren't too bad since I played racquetball yesterday and loosened them up. I do feel less sore after working out I notices so I guess getting those muscles warmed up does help.
  10358132
June 13, 2012 10:33 AM
I've lifted on moderately sore days and super sore days. Both times, working out during the soreness has helped it to subside. I'd say do it, but it depends on your pain tolerance level....or level of masochism in my case. tongue
  227773
June 13, 2012 10:35 AM
I always have varying degrees of soreness in muscles, but working out again actually helps the soreness go away faster. If I wait more than a day or two in between it actually feels worse or more stiff and sore longer.
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June 13, 2012 10:38 AM
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thanks for the advice everyone. I wasn't sure if I should but yes, I probably would keep putting it off if I didn't go even while sore ;) Maybe I'll sit in the hot tub after just to relax


yes def workout while sore - its the only thing that makes it better lol

something else i heard just recently is, DON'T SIT IN THE HOT TUB straight after lifting (or really hot shower) it makes the effects worse. i have a swim straight after then a coolish shower - makes a difference :)


I was just about to say this! You beat me to it. Hot water will just increase the inflammmation, cool or cold is the way to go. And HYDRATE!

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