It’s a saying that’s frequently batted around in gyms and it’s also applicable to other real world situations. In most cases, it simply means that to get something that you really want, you need to put in considerable effort and endure any hardship that comes your way.
When it comes to working out though, it’s taken quite literally. After all, muscle soreness or pain that follows an exercise routine is a sign of muscle growth. But, is workout muscle pain always a good sign and is it really necessary to experience some amount of pain for there to be any gain?
No Pain, No Gain: Myth Or Fact?
“Although some amount of muscle soreness following a workout is normal, you do not need to experience pain to determine that your workout has been successful”
Although many fitness enthusiasts believe that their workout sessions aren’t good enough if their muscles don’t hurt, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, pain is not a prerequisite for the success of or for any gains from a workout. In fact, pain can often be a warning sign of bad form or over-exercising that results in injuries like torn ligaments.
According to many professional trainers today, muscle soreness alone is a poor indicator of muscle gain, whether in terms of growth or endurance. This is because various factors influence the onset of post-workout muscle soreness or DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). DOMS can manifest differently even in professional athletes of the same fitness levels.
How Do You Know When To Stop
“The signs are simple enough to read: if your posture & technique starts to suffer during a session because of fatigue, you should take that as a sign that you’ve had enough”
If pain is not a good enough indicator of a successful workout, how do you know when to stop? It’s a valid question, but there’s a simple answer to it. If your posture and technique starts to suffer during a session because of fatigue, you should take that as a sign that you’ve had enough and need a rest. Muscle fatigue or shaking and nausea are other clear warning signs that you’ve maxed out your session.
Pushing yourself any further can result in injuries, and whether minor or serious, any exercise injury will compromise your performance and impede growth. Although working with professional trainers in India may seem expensive, it’s worth the investment. A pro will instantly detect any drop in form and posture during a workout, helping prevent any injuries.
Although there’s scarcely any feeling that’s as rewarding as post-workout muscle soreness, don’t rely on this as gauge of your workout’s effectiveness. Be wary of sharp and acute pain that sets in rapidly, or for pain that lingers for days after your workout. This type of pain would suggest that something’s wrong. In such situations, pushing through the pain can actually exacerbate the problem and you may need to take an even longer fitness break.
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