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Sore Muscles

I just started a Spin Bootcamp Challenge on Monday at my gym. It's comprised of two one hour classes per week, one on Monday and one on Thursday and it goes on for 8 weeks.

It's a spin class that incorporates some bootcamp routines as well. It's pretty much a non-stop work out of constantly pushing yourself.

After Monday, I was fairly sore, unsurprisingly. I figure I'll probably end up sore again. But I was wondering if any of you have any tips that can help with the aches when that does happen?

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    marleylikeairmarleylikeair member
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    edited December 2011
    Muscle soreness is a result of a buildup of lactic acid. From what I know, It goes away mostly on its own time, but I've heard that potassium helps. So eat a banana. :)
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    edited December 2011
    - Drink lots of water.  Not just before and during the classes, but all day long.

    - Stretch and warm up before you start class and stretch and cool down after each class.

    - If you're really going to be doing intense workouts, you can try drinking a post-workout shake from a vitamin store.

    Spinning sounds like a lot of fun.  GL! :)
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    deburnindeburnin member
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    After a work out I drink a glass of Accelerade ((clicky)). It's similar to the p90x recovery drink, but it's half the price! I'm a lot less sore the day after a work out.
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    sparkles88sparkles88 member
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    BF regularly encounters sore muscles after he gets done with a workout. Things that help him include a foam roller like THIS or THIS stick.

     As BF explained it to me, your muscles are sore because they're not getting adequate blood flow. All of the sore spots are like scabs or scar tissue, and when you roll the foam roller or stick over them it breaks up the "scabs," allowing more blood to reach the muscles, thus making them less sore faster.  It hurts a fair amount when you're rolling the device over the sore spots, but it's a total 180 when you're done. I've used it when I've been really sore, and it was amazing to actually be able to walk without pain and stiffness after I was done.
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    heyimbrenheyimbren member
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    Tonk, spinning isn't fun, it's torture ;)

    TBH it isn't that bad, it's a GREAT workout. I just find it exhausting and my instructor yells too much.

    I guess it's a good thing that I've been eating bananas recently! I'll definitely stretch more than I did last time.
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    You're also using muscles that have never been used the way they do in spin.  I remember my first few times doing spin and then going mountain biking I was walking around funny like.  The PP are right that you need to stretch before and after.  And your muscles are being torn up and re-knitting themselves to make themselves stronger so pre or post protein is needed.  Either in the form of a protein shake, bar or a lean meat for dinner.  Good luck!  Spin is a great work out.  After a while you won't be sore after work outs anymore, which means you need to challenge yourself harder or change it up to give your body a new challenge.
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    heyimbrenheyimbren member
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    Lyn, I have done spin before and the first couple times I did it were terrible afterwards! It's better now, and I think it is from the spin and the bootcamp combined.

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_sore-muscles?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special%20Topic%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:136Discussion:a57d134d-474f-4334-bbc6-62b4d996ba05Post:6ffaa6c6-456f-4399-9004-0dc1c308e237">Re: Sore Muscles</a>:
    [QUOTE]Lyn, I have done spin before and the first couple times I did it were terrible afterwards! It's better now, and I think it is from the spin and the bootcamp combined.
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    Well kickass my friend!  Adding in the bootcamp then I would be sore too!  I definitely stand by consuming more proteins, milk after doing exercises that involve lifting weights or pylometrics has shown to help rebuild your muscles quicker so your sore for a less amount of time and not as badly. 
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    edited December 2011
    Hot showers or bubble baths used to help put me back together when I was working out.  Plus sucking on vitamin C drops is good too because if your pushing yourself really hard your immune system could get weak.  Have fun! 
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    alanna91alanna91 member
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    Keeping your muscles moving helps drain out the lactic acid that's making them sore!

    That's especially helpful for when you get sore during a workout- just keep pushing!



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    becunning2becunning2 member
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    edited December 2011
    Drink water.  Crazy tons of water.  And those foam roller things feel AWESOME.  I'm pretty sore myself today too, maybe I should have a banana as well.
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    Whey protein shakes immediately (within 20 minutes) of working out can help. There are different formulations and shakers you can use to bring to the gym with you. Having a protein powder that contains at least some whey isolate is better than whey concentrate alone.

    Also, alternating between hot and coldish water in the shower seems to help me.

    I ditto PPs who suggested gentle movement. I sit at work, andmy muscles don't get as stiif and sore if I get up and walk for at least 5 minutes every couple of hours.






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    PaigeMcCPaigeMcC member
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    Stretch! Lots of water and hot bath/showers help me

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    edited December 2011
    I agree with hot baths- but I also add epsom salts. :)
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    I've heard lemon water helps.
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