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To lift, or not to lift, that is the question:

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by Spartan88, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Spartan88

    Spartan88 Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2008
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    If you are due to lift but you still have DOMS in the target muscle groups, what should/do you do?
  2. digitalnebula

    digitalnebula Plagiarist

    Jan 19, 2005
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    No sense in killing yourself on a new program....if your body is telling you that you need a day off...you probably need a day off...:nod:

    I did this yesterday. I was planning to do some plyometrics for knee rehab....but my hamstrings were screaming from doing the timed deadlift challenge the day before....I did not do plyometrics yesterday.

    Or....if you can't stand it....maybe a deload? - Higher reps at a much reduced weight...and way less sets.
    I have done this in the past. Think of it as getting the much needed...blood moving around and dynamic stretching of things out a little...
  3. chicanerous

    chicanerous Elite Member
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    Feb 1, 2004
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    In general, I would still lift unless the DOMS is very severe, but that generally occurs only at the beginning of a program or a long lay-off. Even then, as digitalnebula notes, some light exercise can be beneficial.
  4. TooMuch

    TooMuch Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2007
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    I lift anyway, but im crazy :)
  5. HevyMetal

    HevyMetal Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2005
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    DOMS once in awhile isn't anything to worry about....depending on how bad the DOMS is.

    I've been lifting for a long while lately...and as time went by I switched up the weights and reps........to the point, where , last couple of weeks I get DOMS horrendous.

    It is so bad I can't function coherently......yes I should know better :o

    My only choice is to deload and back off a bit.

    I am clearly over training........

    My DOMS doesn't show up until about 3 days after I lift....

    DOMS is not an indicator of progress........It is just Nature's way of telling us we're beating the crap out of ourselves......

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