As a CrossFitter you've probably woken up the next morning after a WoD to only realize getting out of bed hurts! This pain is usually DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, which is caused by strenuous exercise. There are several ways to mitigate this pain: you can stay properly hydrated, make sure you get proper nutrition 15-60 minutes after your workout, and ice muscles you used in a workout. But what's the best way to get rid of DOMS? Workout! While it sounds counter-intuitive, studies (and loads of empirical data) have shown that while exercise initially causes a bit more pain in muscles suffering from DOMS, continuing to work out can relieve the pain you feel. Furthermore, you're not doing any damage to your muscles by working out when experiencing DOMS.
So next time your quads scream in protest when you get out of bed, limp over to your closet, put on your workout gear, and get yourself over to CrossFit 818 in Glendale for some more squats!
Posted by Zareh.