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    I am a competitive gymnast and since going primal in November my muscles are sore a lot. Not quite ALL the time but enough that lately I feel like I am getting weaker with each and every practice. I don't practice much for a gymnast-about 7 hours a week-and other than gymnastics and going up and down stairs like 20 times throughout the day I am very sedentary (in front of a computer). A month or two ago I thought the soreness came from the fact that I haven't really been tumbling since June of last year due to injury and between August and October of last year I did hardly any gymnastics (though I did other physical demanding work on a farm). But lately even when I do the Primal Fitness exercises (I do that around once a week but I won't do it if I don't feel like it) I just can't do as many as even a few weeks ago. I think I eat quite a bit...these last few days I have been eating a crazy amount (like a can of coconut milk with berries+1/4 of a free range chicken+ 1/3 pound of butter...in ONE meal granted I overstuffed myself a quite a bit and did not really feel like eating a post workout meal or anything later). Yesterday's practice I had more strength and energy compared to usual so am I just undereating? I am also wondering if weight training would be beneficial and is there any that I can do at home?

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    If you are more active then try having more berries. It works for me.
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    Yes, weight training will help. I get very sore from not lifting, mainly in my leg strength. My hikes, walks, and run suffer. When I don't get enough starch my muscles also ache. I'm not sure exactly how new you are to weight training but easy things to do at home are to purchase some dumbbells and do squats, lunges, overhead presses, pullups, pushups, bicep curls, and tricep dips. All of these are your basics that you might find help in your gymnastics.

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    How many carbs do you eat? If you are that active you will want to be adding sweet potato and other root veg (maybe even some rice).
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    paleo carbs will help with the problem. Today I was still pretty sore from hill work on Friday, so I pulled on my compression sleeves and had a carb day. Feeling MUCH better now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juniperarrow View Post
    I think I eat quite a bit...these last few days I have been eating a crazy amount (like a can of coconut milk with berries+1/4 of a free range chicken+ 1/3 pound of butter...in ONE meal granted I overstuffed myself a quite a bit and did not really feel like eating a post workout meal or anything later). Yesterday's practice I had more strength and energy compared to usual so am I just undereating? I am also wondering if weight training would be beneficial and is there any that I can do at home?
    Probably...

    Unqualified anecdotal evidence: my friend claims increasing his saturated fat intake has helped with his muscle recovery from workouts.

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    In short, my n=1 personal experience is that under-eating relative to training level can absolutely result in increased soreness and/or poor recovery. When I was having fatigue/recovery issues, the formula for success for me was: eat more, rest a bit more, slightly reduce exercise volume(but not intensity).

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    High dose vitamin C. I was shocked at how awesome it works! I take 2000mg post-workout and have yet to develop DOMS when 8 mins of intervals used to leave me unable to squat without screaming

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