Persistent muscle soreness

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  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I've taken a few extended breaks (6+ months) from working out over the past 2-3 years. Every time I come back I will always get sore for the first 2-4 weeks, with the level of soreness decreasing as time passes.

    I recently took about 7 months off and have been working out for 5 months and I'm still always sore. Not just sore, but an intense, interferes with other things, type of sore. The only thing that has changed is instead of doing 3x8 in most lifts, I now do 3x10.

    It's not a huge deal, but when my chest or legs are so sore that I can't do the proper length/intensity of cardio, it starts to get annoying. Any ideas on why I'm still getting sore? It's not decreasing either, which is the strange part.
     
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    eat more and sleep more.

    that usually works for me. i'm never sore for than 1 ~2 days.
     
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    you're probably overtraining.
     
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    As you get older your lactic acid builds up slower and slower, causing your soreness to last longer. Try getting some glutamine powder to aid in the recovery....:dunno:
     
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    I'm usually 500-750 calories over maintenance. :dunno:

    As for overtraining...I did it in the past on Arnold's Level I routine, which is much more involved (more sets, more reps, more days) than my current routine.
     
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    Why do you take 6+ month breaks?
     
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    mega dose bcaas, eat proper, sleep proper ?
     
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    Needs more information. Split routine ? What did you change ? Do you do more/less cardio ? Stretching ?
    I know that when I do legs once per week I have to deal with the soreness for 2-3 days but I'm fine if I do it twice a week. I seem to not be able to be sore with my upper body whatever I do though.
     
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    First one was because of two injuries, the second one was because I overtrained and my dad was losing the battle with cancer, then passed away.

    I would have made much more progress without those breaks, but there was really no way to avoid them, especially the last one :hs:
     
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    5 day split: legs, chest, back, arms, shoulders...most of the exercises (other than deadlift, push press, power cleans etc) are done for 3 sets of 10.

    I'm trying to add mass and 3x10 is doing wonders. Prior to my break I was on Arnold's Level I for 5 months or so (warmup @ 15 reps, 10-12 reps, 8-10 reps, then 6 reps on final set) and prior to that I was doing 3 sets of 8 on a 5 day split like I am now.

    I do the exact same amount of cardio as before, which is a 5 minute warmup on the treadmill followed by some static stretching.
     
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    I have the exact same problem, only thing that seems to work is eating more, stretching, and massages(I have a foam roller).
     
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    reducing your lifting volume works better
     
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