Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Deep Muscle Soreness And Body-Shock Fatigue


In my experience there are two distinct types of muscular fatigue associated with intense progressive resistance training (only intense training is sufficient to trigger muscle hypertrophy) and these two types should be recognized and understood. The first type of fatigue is direct muscle soreness and is the result of a particular exercise targeting a specific muscle. Scientists are at odds as to the exact cause of muscle soreness but most believe that it is associated with some sort of cellular micro-trauma. Direct muscle soreness is usually the type of pain and discomfort that most folks experience when they begin serious progressive resistance training program.

There are varying degrees of muscle soreness and sometime the intensity of soreness can become so severe as to be debilitating. The muscles are actually sore to the touch. I have self-induced this type of soreness to every degree on every muscle - once, as a 14-year old novice, I found a 10-pound solid dumbbell and proceeded to do 50-repetitions in the one-arm curl for each arm every hour on the hour for 10-straight hours. It seemed like a cool idea to my young and dumb mind but that went out the window the next day when both arms locked up to such a degree that I could not straighten my arms. Both biceps were so traumatized that they remained involuntarily contracted for the next 36-hours. My hands were held at my face and any attempt to straighten my arms resulted in excruciating pain. I had to ride it out until the biceps relaxed. This was an extreme example of muscle fatigue but extremely illustrative of this 1st type of muscle soreness/fatigue.

The second type of muscular fatigue is what I would describe as overall fatigue, I call it body shock. The body is a holistic unit and hard intense training done for long time periods has a cumulative effect. After a while a uniform sense of overall fatigue is experienced manifested by an overwhelming sensation of tiredness. This tiredness envelops the whole body. When in the throes of body shock it seems as if you are moving through water. In my experience this type of fatigue is a direct result of an accumulation of intense workouts. Fatigue and soreness come with the territory and if you never experience either version, likely you'll not make any significant physical progress.

In my experience, if I don't feel some degree of muscle soreness in the target muscle after a workout I become suspect that I didn't work hard enough or the exercise I selected was technically deficient and spread the muscular effect over too wide an area. In this respect I use controlled soreness (no too much, not too little) as a workout report card. When it comes to body-shock fatigue, to my way of thinking a much more serious type of fatigue, I will cut back on my training and kick up my calories, particularly my protein intake. When body-shock descends training through it is a bad idea: first, training poundage plummets (so what's the point?) and secondly there is a very real danger of fatigue-induced injury.

If you experience severe muscular soreness of the 1st type, avoid training that particular body part until the soreness reduces to tolerable levels. If body-shock envelops you cease and desist progressive resistance training and kick up the food intake. I have found that light to moderate cardio actually helps to dissipate muscle soreness. Accelerating circulation within a sore muscle stimulates recovery, assuming the resistance used is light, easy and not taxing. Use your common sense and be aware that even purposeful primitives paid heed to fatigue.

Marty Gallagher is a former fitness chat columnist for washingtonpost.com. He is also a former world champion powerlifting coach. Marty has written for publications such as Muscle Media, Muscle & Fitness, and Powerlifting USA. His website, http://www.martygallagher.com, assimilates years of accumulated knowledge from the athletic elite and makes them accessible to the common person. The "Purposeful Primitive" way has been proven effective time after time after time for weight loss, building muscle, increasing strength, and improving health.


MORE RESOURCES:

Stuff.co.nz

Walking doesn't build muscle - study
Stuff.co.nz
Walking doesn't build muscle - study. Last updated 10:51 20/12/2011. women walking. Getty Images. NOT ENOUGH: Walking helps with weight loss but won't build muscle strength, according to a new study. Relevant offers. Well & Good. Turns out 'comfort ...



Build Muscle With This Diet for Young Athletes
STACK News
In the case of a 16-year-old male who wants to build muscle, he needs about 1.4 grams of protein per pound of body weight. If he has a fast metabolism, increasing carbs and fat as well as protein will facilitate muscle protein synthesis. If his ...



Clinically Researched Safe Supplement Helps Athletes Build Muscle
MENAFN.COM
Aside from helping people build muscle HGH therapy can make people look and feel younger with a plethora of advantages that include improved skin tone heightened sex drive better sleep increased lean muscle mass reduced body fat mood enhancement ...



Better squats: Leg workouts that burn fat and build muscle
Today.com
A traditional bodyweight squat involves a shoulder-width stance, arms out in front or hands behind your head, and a simple lowering of yourself towards the ground by bending at the knees and hips. Very good for you but totally boring! These three squat ...



New Press Release Published About Best Way to Build Muscle Mass without ...
DigitalJournal.com
Chelsea J. McDevitt published their new Press Release today about best way to build muscle mass without supplements. This PR reveals all about the program includes high strength workouts to help gentlemens pack on pure, shredded muscle in the ...

and more »


5 RSF group-exercise classes to add to your running training regimen
Daily Californian
This combination is super important for runners, because the different types of exercises will help build muscle in places that running doesn't target and will strengthen muscles — quadriceps, hamstrings and calves — that you put to the test during ...



Weekly Wellness: Hard work on basic exercises
The Doings Weekly
Our weekly fitness column, “Weekly Wellness” is back again. This week, Matt Gallagher, from MFC Sports Performance in Darien, discusses how simple hard work can have you feeling better and more fit. Your routine doesn't actually have to “kill” you!

and more »


York County seniors learn why exercise matters at 50plus Expo
York Dispatch
... as the number of medications seniors need, Henninger said. And it's never too late for strength gains: Research shows that people who stay active and participate in a consistent program can continue to build muscle mass — no matter their age or ...



Weight bearing exercise critical to maintain muscle
Lee's Summit Journal
Our health club recently participated in a Community Health Fair and offered body fat analysis to persons who stopped by our booth. The majority of persons stopping by to take advantage of the free service were women between the ages of 50 to 80. Many ...



KING5.com

3 fitness apps to turn your smartphone into a personal trainer
KING5.com
If you want to build muscle and you enjoy metrics and customization options, this is the app for you. After struggling to stay in shape due to intense and irregular work hours at Google, former college football player and current GAINFitness CEO Nick ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.