Muscle soreness is caused by micro tears in the muscle, which is a reult of muscle tension. This tells the body to compensate and repair, and strengthen the muscle. This soreness is called "DOMS" – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
1. Muscle soreness will not always happen, and is not a required indicator of a successful workout. As your body adapts to the stresses of training and overload you will probably experience less and less muscle soreness.
2. Plyometrics will create less muscle soreness than a resistance training activity, becuase resistance training create more muscle tension and more micro tears.
3. Warming up and stretching out gets the blood moving through your muscles, and helps to rid of muscle soreness. I recommend a warm up and stretch every day.
4. Don't lift or workout hard when you have muscle soreness (in the same body part). This is a signal that your body is not fully recovered, thus you need to allow your body to recover properly before breaking down the muscles again.
5. As long as you are working out with proper intensity, form, and overload and experiencing gains each week, it is not important whether or not you are "sore" because soreness is NOT the greatest indicator of workout efficiency.
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