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  • Squatting....The Pain!

    Hey,

    So, on Monday I did 3 x 20 squats. It's now Wednesday and I can hardly walk still. Is this normal?

    I haven't done squats for quite a few months as I don't enjoy them but I know they are essential. I'm guessing its because its been a while.

  • #2
    Why are you doing 20 reps per set?

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    • #3
      Watch out for the training police!!!!

      Yes, high volume squats can have this effect.
      "The problem with quoting someone on the Internet is, you never know if it's legit" - Abraham Lincoln

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      • #4
        Yup. Squats can be nasty that way! Next time you skip them for several months you might want to ease back in a little lighter and/or fewer reps. The way to cure the pain? More squats! At least you'll be moving the right muscles around!

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        • #5
          20 reps of unweighted squats sounds OK. If that's the number at which you start to struggle.

          Yes, feeling the pain 2 days later is very normal. DOMS for me usually doesn't start until the second day after a workout, or if it starts the next day I often have it the second day as well.

          Good news is that it doesn't take much for your body to get used to that and for the pain to be minimal or non-existant. And then if you're like me, you'll do anything possible to make the pain come back :P which means weighted squats!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by quikky View Post
            Why are you doing 20 reps per set?
            What do you mean by this?

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            • #7
              Thanks for the responses!

              Basically, I think that whatever excercise you do (in proper form of course), if you are feeling sore the next day or couple of days that means you've pushed your body to a certain limit which will led to improvement. So, whether its 5 or 500 squats that soreness is a good barometer.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by steven.kelly View Post
                Thanks for the responses!

                Basically, I think that whatever excercise you do (in proper form of course), if you are feeling sore the next day or couple of days that means you've pushed your body to a certain limit which will led to improvement. So, whether its 5 or 500 squats that soreness is a good barometer.
                Soreness is not an indicator of a good workout. Neither is lack there of an indicator of a poor one.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by quikky View Post
                  Soreness is not an indicator of a good workout. Neither is lack there of an indicator of a poor one.
                  How do you measure a good workout then?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                    Watch out for the training police!!!!

                    Yes, high volume squats can have this effect.
                    High, low, mid.... anytime I haven't trained legs in a while and hit em hard it can cause me not to walk right for about 3 days.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by steven.kelly View Post
                      How do you measure a good workout then?
                      Effort! Get a little zen about it. In the moment did you perform with as good attention to form and keep your focus and effort at a high intensity? If so then you provided your body with the physical stress it needed to adapt to.... so it was a good workout. Soreness is not associated with positive training results. Its not associated with negative results either, its just a non-factor. Usually it just means you did something new.
                      Last edited by Neckhammer; 05-29-2013, 05:21 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by steven.kelly View Post
                        How do you measure a good workout then?
                        Whether the volume and/or intensity of the effort is in line with your programming, which is selected according to your training goals and fitness status. Definitely not soreness. You can push a prowler and get an awesome workout and likely won't be sore at all. Or you can do 20-rep squats, and if you're a detrained individual be more sore than you would have with a more appropriate rep range, but actually see less benefit (as in your case).

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                        • #13
                          Every Friday at CF is a really hard lower body day. The first time, I could not walk right until Monday. Now, 6 weeks in, it's still hard, but just a bit of stiffness the next day. Your body will adjust, sometimes it takes time.

                          You could "ease in" I suppose. But for me, I have done MANY workouts that I barely felt. And barely saw any changes. With the harder workouts that have left me sore, my body is looking better AND I feel like I am getting much stronger.

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                          • #14
                            You can push a prowler and get an awesome workout and likely won't be sore at all.
                            We do this on fridays! It is an awesome workout. LOL, 6 weeks ago, mountain climbers were AGONY for me, and it occured to me last week, that these days, mountain climbers are really damn easy. Pushing the prowler on the low bar is a really similar movement only worse LOL.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                              We do this on fridays! It is an awesome workout. LOL, 6 weeks ago, mountain climbers were AGONY for me, and it occured to me last week, that these days, mountain climbers are really damn easy. Pushing the prowler on the low bar is a really similar movement only worse LOL.
                              The prowler is the best piece of "cardio" equipment ever. Wish I had one. The coolest part of it is that its lack of an eccentric component means you can work out really hard at it with minimal soreness. This is also true of the quick lifts (olympic lifts and their derivatives), even moreso if you have bumper plates and drop all the lifts at the top.
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