Quit often when the Average Joe’s coaches are checking in with our clients, we’ll hear phrases like this:
“I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus and I can’t walk. HELP!”
And let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced this at some point after a particularly grueling workout. That feeling of your body forgetting how to function. Maybe your arms are stuck in the permanent t-rex position. Perhaps your groin is so tight you’re walking like a robot. Walking down stairs or doing anything active becomes a genuine problem.
Although you’re probably already familiar, you’ve never been formally introduced to DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
First of all, don’t panic. DOMS is totally natural, and you’re going to be fine.
In short, DOMS is a result of tiny tears in your muscles from really strenuous activity, meaning you did things that your body is not normally used to. If you’re brand new to working out or have taken a few weeks off only to jump back in at a high level of stress (heavy squats after a few weeks off), think of DOMS like your muscles saying: in exchange for the recovery I have to do, I’m going make YOU feel it.
DOMS tends to peak around 48 hours after training, but can occur anytime after your training day (hence the “Delayed” part of DOMS).