YOU KNOW HOW, THE DAY AFTER A PARTICULARLY BRUTAL ARM WORKOUT, LIFTING YOUR ARMS TO WASH YOUR HAIR PUTS YOU IN A WORLD OF PAIN? THAT’S CALLED DELAYED-ONSET MUSCLE SORENESS AND IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL FOR UP TO 72 HOURS POST-EXERCISE – ALTHOUGH IF YOU COULD PREVENT IT, WHO WOULDN’T? HERE’S HOW THE PROS KICK IT TO THE CURB.
The best thing I have found is to drink L-glutamine and take a 30-minute hot bath with two cups of Epsom salts – it takes the bruising, swelling and water retention out of your muscles.
I usually get DOMS in my legs and ideally a combination of hot/cold therapy works best: an ice bath followed by a warm bath. It’s best to do it a few times.
I usually have DOMS in my shoulders, neck and upper back and I normally train through it. But if it feels extremely uncomfortable, I’ll stop training and rest and recover to prevent injuries.
I’ve found that it’s difficult to treat DOMS adequately, but much easier to prevent it in the first place. The moment I started stretching and foam rolling after a workout, I found that the DOMS went away.