I've been trying to be good about going to the gym, or sneaking in an at home workout 4-5 times a week. It helps my brain, and I've started feeling a lot better, energy wise. On leg, back, shoulder, and arm day I'm so beyond sore. I always struggle with my last few reps, and I can feel it working! I'm not as bad the first day, but the second my muscles are usually screaming. I enjoy it, because I know that it means my workouts are working!
However, on ab/chest day I can "feel the burn" while I'm working out, but absolutely NOTHING the next day. Even when I add weight. I pay really close attention to form, and have been over everything with a personal trainer, so I know that I'm doing everything correctly!
I use the Nike Training Club app and it's seriously effective. It has 15 minute workouts that target different areas, and it's mostly based off time, not reps. When I don't have a lot of time, it's a blessing!
So, why am I not sore? I KNOW that my abs are nowhere near in the shape that they used to be, and I need my core to be much, much stronger before I start asking my mare for more collected work. What gives?!
Especially when you start new exercises, it is best to go 48 hours between go rounds, because that is how long it takes for the muscle fibers to recover from the little tears that will make them stronger as they get conditioned to the new stress.
I would change to every two days of any one weight loading exercises where you are starting or moving up a level, cardio daily is ok.
I do pay attention to switching around muscle groups... so as an example, Monday is legs, Tuesday is abs and chest, Wednesday is a rest/light cardio day, Thursday is legs and arms, Friday is abs and chest, Saturday is rest, and Sunday is runday (because it ryhmes and I get a kick out of that).
Just kidding :-) It may be something in how your body repairs itself that is different. Excersize is about tearing down muscle and then rebuilding it (which is why you get puffed up the day after weight lifting - your body sends all kinds of fluids to the area to repair the damage). You may be either not tearing your muscles down enough, or repairing very quickly.
Are you young, by any chance? My soreness after exercising didn't start until I turned 30. And now if I look at weights I get sore lol
If you're sore after working out you're moving forward too quickly. It is NOT true that "no pain no gain". Pain means you did too much, too fast. And your muscles shouldn't be "screaming" at you during the workout- you should work out to fatigue level only, and then stop.
Perhaps you should consult a trainer about how to do it properly and safely.
You probably have more muscle naturally around your core and chest, especially as a horsewoman. I know that I hardly ever get sore abs but if I move up to a new weight for my arms, I'm usually sore the first time or two.
your abs are probably still recovering from the pregnancy, is my guess, and were probably pretty strong going into it since you're a rider. If muscle soreness is from muscle tearing, I'm thinking that yours were torn all asunder just two months ago.
Last edited by cowboymom; Dec. 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM.
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You may not be doing them correctly but also, according to my old rowing coach (rowing is very ab intensive), abs recover faster than many other muscle groups. No idea if he is correct but he usually was about that stuff :-) I know I rarely have sore abs after an intense ab workout in the way I will have sore quads after an intense quad workout- so based on my experience, my old coach is correct.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)
I don't really use the machines. I'm not comfortable with them, and rarely get to the gym at the same time as the personal trainers. I do one session a month with him (comes with my membership), and that's usually when I lift, since I need a spotter. I'll ask him to watch my ab workout, to see if I'm compensating with anything else...I probably am.
I'm a big fan of slow and steady. It hurts worse that way. My arms and legs HATE me, usually by day 2.
OneGrayPony... don't hate!! I'm 24, so maybe you're right.