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WTF Are DOMS? Workout Soreness Explained (Is It Good?)

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WTF Are DOMS? Workout Soreness Explained (Is It Good?)

Remember the scene from the movie Fight Club, where Tyler Durden kicks the living shit out of himself in his bosses office?

And then he wakes up the next day feeling the pain of getting his ass kicked but being satisfied that he did it to himself?

 Like a total psychopath...



That’s exactly what weightlifting feels like…

You go to the gym everyday and beat the living shit out of your muscles. 

Then, you wake up every morning feeling like you got your ass kicked, but you take sick pride in knowing that at least it was you that did it. 

Like a proud dad who's kid got it in a fight, but won. 

But Wait, WTF are DOMS?

Anyone who starts lifting is going to experience DOMS. It stands for Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles after unaccustomed or strenuous exercise. The soreness is felt most strongly 24 to 72 hours after the exercise.



DOMS are caused by the downward eccentric portion of a movement, which is when your muscle is being stretched by a weight like:

  • lowering a dumbbell in a biceps curl
  • lowering yourself from a pull-up bar
  • or sinking into a squat

DOMS takes hours to kick in, and is usually felt most intensely 24 to 72 hours post-workout. In severe cases, it can last for another several days!

Especially after leg day. One does not simply use steps or sit down after leg days...



Good Luck Sitting on the Toilet After Leg Day!

Anyone who has never lifted will never understand the hilariously painful process of trying to lower themselves down to sit on a toilet 24 hours after leg day!  

It's more of a trust fall really...



But if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Here's the science behind the DOMS we love to hate so much...


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