Should You Be Sore After A Workout?

DOMS Should You Be Sore After A Workout

Can’t walk for days after training legs? I know the feeling! But, is this the sign of a good workout and is it needed for muscle growth?

DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) are the tightness, aches and pains that follow a session in the gym. Normally hitting the next day and lasting 24 to 72 hours, DOMS are thought to be caused by mechanical damage to the muscle primarily from the eccentric part of a movement.

Experiences lifters may find that this is an issue they deal with less often as the body becomes accustomed to specific exercises and patterns, but add new exercises to your routine and they may be back in a hurry.

Beginners shouldn’t shy away from muscle soreness but should avoid taking the intensity to levels leaving you barely able to move the next day. Natural lifters need to allow their body ample time for recovery and one workout which puts you on your back for days after isn’t the ideal route to gainsville!

In order to reduce muscle soreness, focus on a gradual increase in weight / reps through your programme while also ensuring your nutrition / hydration is on point and that you are getting enough sleep. When they do arrive – and it’s normally legs for me – active recovery is my go to with some light cardio or yoga to stimulate blood-flow to the affected area.

And finally, DOMS are not something you should use to measure the success of your workout or routine. Muscles adapt EXTREMELY quickly to stress meaning that each time you return to an exercise, the targeted muscle will have become more capable of dealing with the impact and will be able to recover with less after effect.

How do you deal with DOMS and what activity do you find most difficult the day after training legs?

Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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The Bye Bye Man

The Bye Bye Man

This film has the worst title for a boogeyman ever. It’s a real struggle to be scared of a villain called the Bye Bye Man. Does he wave aggressively, cling on to that hug a little longer than he should, or appear from the shadows with a cheap Slipknot mask and a CGI dog? It’s the latter… unfortunately.

Three college students move into a huge, abandoned mansion which is home to a cursed bedside table, bearing the name of the Bye Bye Man. It only takes knowledge of his title for the supernatural to appear, immediately afflicting the three students and anyone else to whom they utter his haunting moniker.

There is no backstory to the the Bye Bye Man himself, other than flashbacks to his impact a few decades previous. We know nothing about his origins or motivation and, strangely, he doesn’t actually kill anyone; instead planting visions which make those aware of his name carry out his bidding. It’s clever in a ‘I’m tired, will you cover this for me’ kind of way but somewhat nullifies his ability to plant a widespread terror.

The story sounds fairly standard for a low-budget horror but, as things move along, the producers make some really weird choices including animated wallpaper and bloodless shotgun blasts. That the film was made in late 2015 with an ‘R’ rating hints at some pretty major studio edits which definitely haven’t helped The Bye Bye Man’s chance of success.

They set it up for a sequel at the end – that feels massively optimistic. But, if you are looking to have a bit of fun with a cheesy horror, The Bye Bye Man will do the trick.

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La La Land

La La Land

I’m not a fan of musicals and I feared the worst a few minutes into La La Land when a mass dance party broke out on a Los Angeles freeway.

The film follows aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) as she attends countless auditions while working as a barista on the Warner Bros backlot. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a jazz-revivalist who dreams of opening his own club while working for tips playing Jingle Bells in up-market restaurants.

It’s a pretty standard Hollywood love story set against the backdrop of two leads juggling their love life while chasing their dreams and showing that the struggle to get there hasn’t changed much since the classic era.  There are plenty of influences from the genre-staples of the fifties and sixties, think Singing in the Rain and An American in Paris, while more modern musical traits are also included. The singing and dancing isn’t perfect but that adds to the enjoyment and makes the musical numbers feel as natural as they can in a film as aesthetically-focused as this.

la la land

From start to finish, the movie looks incredible. Each skyline perfectly lit by pink sunsets, the characters immaculately dressed throughout and the more tired streets of LA given a fresh coat of nostalgia.

La La Land claimed seven Golden Globes last night, winning every award it was nominated for including best director, screenplay, score and song. It’s splitting audiences and critics between those who are willing to commit to two-hours of escapism and those still stuck on the 2016 trip of hating EVERYTHING for not perfectly nailing their slant on politics, history and context. For me, calling a release the best film of 2017 less than two weeks into the year seems extreme but La La Land is going take some beating.

Are you a fan of musicals? Did La La Land live up to the hype?? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

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