The answer: Not really. While working your muscles until they're achy means you technically did tax your muscles, which helps them get stronger, it's actually not beneficial work in the long run.
Does being sore after a workout mean progress?
Well, not really. Turns out, it's mostly in our heads that we should feel sore after a workout. The truth is, even if you're sore after a workout that doesn't necessarily mean that it was an effective or efficient session. And just because you aren't sore, that doesn't mean your workout wasn't effective or efficient.
Is it better to feel sore after a workout?
On the other hand, there's “good” soreness, also known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). DOMS usually occurs the day or two after a workout. “Your workout can still be effective if you're not sore afterward,” says Battle. “But in general, the next day, you want to feel like your muscles got worked.”
What to do when sore after workout?
Sore muscles need to rest, but that doesn't mean it's best to kick your feet up and spend the day on the couch. Try to get some gentle movement through activities like restorative yoga; an easy walk, swim, or cycle; or even light resistance training.
Does being sore mean muscle growth?
Yes, there's a strong correlation between DOMS and exercise-induced muscle damage. However, when we're looking to build muscle (hypertrophy) there are three key mechanisms we need to factor in: mechanical tension, metabolic stress muscle damage.
Should I still workout if my muscles are sore?
It is generally safe to work out when sore. However, overtraining can lead to muscle damage or injury. Generally, soreness due to exercising is not a cause for concern, and people can often continue doing physical activity.