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Can You Have Success without Pain?

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

OK, so now that I have your #attention. I would like to address the elephant in the room.

A good #workout is not determined by how #sore you are after the workout. That is a “Fitness Folktale”! Just because you are not experiencing some muscle soreness after you workout doesn't mean it wasn’t a good workout. #Athletes have the tendency to relate a good workout to be associated with not being able to walk after a leg day. If everyday looks like Bambi first learning to walk, you are probably over doing it.

Your body is a remarkable machine. It will adjust to the new demands you set place on it. The sore feeling after a workout is called DOMS, which stands for Delay Onset Muscle Soreness. DOMS is the pain or stiffness felt in muscles several hours to days after strenuous #exercise or unfamiliar activity. It usually lasts about 24-72 hours.

So how do I know if I am having a quality workout? Bingo! You will know when you have a quality workout by measuring 5 things.

How to measure my #workout:

  • RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion)

  • Exact Heart Rate

  • Quality over Quantity

  • Muscle Fatigue

  • Increase in Hunger

If you always feel like you can’t walk or can't feel your body, be careful you could be causing more harm than good. You could be over-training and not giving yourself the adequate #recovery time your body needs.

Do me a favor and just listen to your body!

As always, commit, chase, and conquer!


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