Should You Feel Sore After a Workout?

Ben Greenfield
1-minute read

Ask the Get-Fit Guy: Should I Feel Sore?

Q. Is It Normal To Be Sore After Lifting Weights?

A. In the latest topic, you learned how to make your muscles bigger. If you followed those tips, or you’ve incorporated any of the exercises I’ve mentioned, then you have likely experience soreness. Since exercise produces tiny tears in the muscle, soreness is normal.

Excessive soreness, however, should be avoided. If it is 3 days after a workout, and the muscles you exercised are still painful to the touch or your joints are still stiff, then you probably lifted too much weight or performed too many sets and reps. Normal soreness peaks about 48 hours after a workout, then subsides by the third day.

For some sore muscle remedies, including a video demonstrating a soreness-reducing product I use, head over here.

Sore Muscle image courtesy of Shutterstock


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About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.