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When Do You Feel Most Sore After a Tough Workout?

Whether you like the feeling of sore muscles after a workout or not, sometimes we can't avoid it. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can be felt hours after a workout, the next day, or even two or three days later. Soreness sets in at different times for different people. One factor for me is the type of workout, but as I moved out of my 20s and into my 30s, I have noticed the delay seems to be longer. For me the pain sets in most intensely two days post-workout, but what about you . . .


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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 7 years
two days after but i guess it tells you it's working?
RunninginBoston RunninginBoston 8 years
I usually feel sore the day after exercise. If I do weight training one day and don't do cardio the next day, sometimes the soreness lingers longer. I think my muscles recover faster than my tendons and ligaments, so I have different types of pain on different days.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
the next morning it's painful to get out out of bed! and the next morning, and the next..boy am i out of shape..
Allytta Allytta 8 years
2 days. used to be 1, but it changed in the last year and i actually freaked out about it :)))
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
Like Lo Lo, I also enjoy the pain when I wake up to it. It hurts but I know I've done something right! LOL
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 8 years
The next day - especially if I do something different than usual. I find doing another workout cures it - I alternate my workouts so if I go to the gym for cardio/weights one day, I'll swim the next, and this seems to fix it.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 8 years
I LOVE waking up the following morning and being sore! It means I did something right!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Typically, I'm sore the next day after a tough workout, but the soreness is usually fairly short-lived. My husband is a second-day soreness sufferer. If he goes out to split firewood on Saturday, he will feel it majorly bad on Monday.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
The next morning when I wake up. Stretching is the first thing I do when I get up on a day like that, because otherwise I will be in ridiculous pain the rest of the day...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
It depends on the activity. With some exercises, I'm tight and sore right afterward. With other exercises, the next day.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
The next day.
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I'm almost always most sore the second day, but I still always expect to be sore the day after and feel relieved if it's not that bad — I think I've dodged the worst of it! And then I wake up on day two.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 8 years
if it is something new, and I work out in the morning I will sometimes start feeling sore that evening.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
The next day is always the kicker, but sometimes (like this past weekend) if I really overwork a muscle I can feel it right away and I know I'm going to be immobile the next day. Stupid ice skating and out of shape bottom.
staticnoise staticnoise 8 years
When I get sore it starts in the evening of the next day and is the worst on the 2nd one. But I don't get sore if I do work out regularly, only after breaks or if I'm doing something totally new.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
It seems to depend on what I do. Some times I am sore after strength training or cardio and other times I am not. When I am sore it is the next day and last for that day, some times last for 2 or three days total - all depending on what I did and the intensity. Haven't really seen that much difference as I get older.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Next day is always the worst. Or sometimes I will get the pain settling in later in the evening if I did an early morning workout.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Next day. That day I'm usually fine and lulled into a fall sense of security that I won't be sore at all.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
The next day. But I reduce the soreness by making sure I take branch chain amino acids prior to my workout and also have a recovery drink after my workout. That post workout drink is really helpful I recently found out. Last week after a leg workout I skipped the post workout drink and boy was I feeling it the next day. The soreness level was much higher than usual.
Renee3327 Renee3327 8 years
I'm usually sore for about two or three days after a really tough workout, with the second day being the worst. Most of the time it's only a day but when I really push myself and work out very hard the second day is the worst.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Next day for sure...
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