Fellow coach Nick posted a great little post yesterday about muscle soreness. The point of the post was for you to understand that you shouldn’t rate a workout on how sore you’re feeling either directly after the session or in the days that follow.
If your goal is fat loss or lean muscle gain, your workout shouldn’t be focused on just making yourself hurt as much as possible.
As a coach/personal trainer I have had a few of my clients come to me and say “I’m not very sore today, does that mean I didn’t work hard enough yesterday?”
I was there! I trained them. They definitely trained hard enough! These same people would have made improvements in each and every exercise I had on their plan. Do I care that they are not sore? No. It’s an added bonus! They’re performance improved AND they’re not hurting. Perfect!
Look closely at what I’m saying.
I’m saying you shouldn’t judge a workout on how sore you’re feeling.… I’m not saying you shouldn’t or won’t ever feel sore after a workout.
I have most certainly had tons of clients (the majority) feel pretty sore the day after our sessions. Why? Because the training is completely new to them. I push them to their limit (personal limit) in order to improve their previous workout.
Is my focus on making them sore OR is my focus on making them better?
I’m trying to make them better! Feeling a little sore is just a side affect.
Is feeling extremely sore necessary? No.
If they weren’t sore. Would I be worried? No.
DON’T rate a workout on how sore you are feeling. Train HARD and work on improving your previous workout. If you DO feel a little sore (quite likely) the next day, man up and suck it up!
(The Performance Project – Personal Training – Haywards Heath)
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