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    What do you think of this article?

    What do you guys think of this? I found this article to be somewhat interesting as I rarely get sore anymore after lifting. Dr. Mirkin is board certified in Sports Medicine and an avid athelete himself, which makes it difficult to dismiss what he's saying.

    Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine
    September 12, 2004

    How to Avoid Overtraining

    One of the most difficult problems for athletes is knowing
    when you are training too much. You make a muscle stronger
    only by stressing that muscle, feeling sore on the next day, and
    taking easy workouts or days off until the soreness goes away.
    Then you are supposed to take a hard workout again. If you do
    not feel soreness on the day after a hard workout, you have not
    injured your muscles, and they will not become stronger.
    However, if you try to work hard when your muscles feel sore,
    muscles do not recover and will feel sore all the time.
    Every athlete knows that sometimes your muscles still
    feel little sore several days after a hard workout. You may think
    that you have recovered from your previous hard workout and
    you think you are ready to stress your muscles again. So you go
    ahead and try to run very fast and you start to feel sore all the
    time. Your joints, muscles and tendons ache. You feel tired. You
    can still run with the soreness in your muscles and tendons, but
    the soreness prevents you from running fast. Each succeeding
    day, the soreness increases and you think that you are sick, so
    you go to your doctor. He does a complete work-up and
    everything is normal, so you are stuck with a diagnosis of
    training too much.
    Now you must go back to background training. If your sport
    is running, jog on the days that you can. Take days off when you
    feel sore. After several weeks, your muscle start to feel fresh
    again and you are able to start running. You are ready to start
    training again, but first you must promise yourself that you will
    never try to go hard when you feel soreness in your muscles and
    tendons. Set up a schedule in which you take a hard-fast workout,
    feel sore on the next day, and then go at an easy pace in your
    workouts until the soreness has completely disappeared.

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    I'm thinking english isn't doctor Gabe's first language by the way he speaks.
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    article sounds about right to me!
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    Do you think soreness = gain in strength?

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    ok...i think is is something that we all know or should know. just instictively, you're not going to try and max when you're still sore as hell from your last workout. i'm not going to do an hour on the recumbent bike intensely, after i've finished doing heavy squats. it just seems like a very general article with information that most are already knowledgable of. other than that, yes, it is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron
    Do you think soreness = gain in strength?
    I hope not, because I've never been too sore beyond my first few times in the gym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stray
    I'm thinking english isn't doctor Gabe's first language by the way he speaks.
    I agree.
    That dude used about 3 paragraphs to explain his simple opinion against training through soreness. There is a whole hecuva lot more that goes into overtraining that just soreness...

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    it doesnt have to be an aching soreness, just sore, like you know you used them the day before. if you dont feel sore then you're not pushing hard enough and are not growing very fast, if at all. Many peoplefollow the same routine so long that it no longer works them, they forget to increase weights. for good hard builds, you'll be at LEAST a little sore the next day. for people who are toning or happy with where they are in weights, dont need to worry about sore, as it wont take much to hold the muscle you have.
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