Post # 1
Girls, I did something. I did something bad. I took a Les Mills BODYPUMP class at 5:30AM yesterday and today I feel like I got hit by a bus! I can’t sit, stand, cross my legs, walk, move my arms, etc. etc. It was intense, and I totally overdid it!!
Fridays after work and Saturday at 9:30AM I take Zumba but I’m so sore I can’t imagine doing so! I’m taking amino acids to repair and stretching, but I can’t decide if Zumba will hurt or help me. When I get like this, I do some light cardio and stretching to keep my muscles warm which helps, but intense edurance cardio might not be the way to go. If I go to any class, it will be tonight so I can sleep in tomrrow.
IDK bees, what do you think? FI (who used to be a trainer and is extrememly versed in health and fitness) said go for it and it will probably make me feel better, but I like to listen to my body – rest it when it needs it, feed it when it needs it, etc.
Ughhh is anyone else suffering from severe DOMS today??
Post # 2
I find that when I’m really sore, exercising helps me out. I’ve tried magnesium citrate supplements to help with the soreness but I find exercising helps best. Do you have a place to swim? It’s a good way to workout and get rotation and stretching without pounding pavement, etc.
Post # 3
Go to Zumba! Just take it easy if you feel you need to and definitely take ample time to streatch/warm up your muscles beforehand. Moving around is the best thing for sore muscles. You will be back to yourself in no time. Body Pump classes have gotten the best of me before too!
Post # 4
LilRhodyGem: No place to swim, unfortunately. I wish I could!
jillianf23: That’s what I’m thinking too. I just have to take it down a notch. My knees hurt, too. It’s a bitch getting old!!!!! (I’m 31 lol)
Post # 5
Go, do Zumba and get the blood pumping.
If you want to do weight training, though, find someone to teach you how to use the proper barbells rather than doing BodyPump (which is just weighted cardio). You’ll see much better results!
Post # 6
Yeah, unfortunately the best way to feel better is to exercise again. I’ve tried it both ways (lol) and that’s pretty consistent. Good luck – exercising at 9:30am on Saturday…you’re a better woman than I 🙂
SpecialSundae: I agree on this. Doing weights the “guy way” instead of girly cardio/weights seems to get results way faster. DH is my workout coach; I basically just copy what he does at the gym and I actually have abs and toned defined arms now! Never happened before, and I’m sitting a few pounds heavier than my pre-marriage weight. Man weightlifting works.
Post # 7
CoffeeBeanKate: I took up “boy lifting” last year and went from a UK size 16 (US 12) to a size 8 (US 4). I might weigh in heavy, but I’m now pretty tiny and toned (and eat like a pig)!
Post # 8
BurlapnLace: so this is past due but I would try foam rolling in the future! It’s the best and relieves all soreness. In fact, I am doing it as I type!
Post # 9
First of all, I love Body Pump!! I do lift heavy on my own sometimes, but I still lift pretty heavy in Body Pump. I understand the heavy lifting argument, but I still think it’s a great workout.
Anyway, when I’m that sore, I try not to do anything that hurts. So if I’m really sore from Body Pump, I’ll wait at least 3 days before doing any strength training, but I will run/spin/swim. It’s good to get moving, but you do need to let your muscles repair between strength sessions. I’ve never done zumba, but it seems pretty low-impact so I’d probably still do it if I was sore.
Post # 10
I do body pump twice a week, and I find if I go particularly hard one thing that helps my soreness the most, is getting into the gym the next day, I don’t do Zumba but I do a “Body Combat” It’s less dancing and rythm and more kicks and punches but I find it really helps loosen up my sore muscles. I feel immediately better when I leave.
Post # 11
BurlapnLace: idk what you ended up doing- but i know if i’m so sore i have a hard time walking, trying to do more exercise on top of it only makes things worse. I’ve learned when my body aches that hard, it needs rest to repair. Hope you’re feeling better today!!
Post # 12
SpecialSundae: What is “boy lifting” and why can’t I find anything on it???
Post # 13
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BurlapnLace: “Boy lifting” is simply going for higher weight and less reps. A lot of women think they’ll get super bulky and manly looking doing this but that’s actually really hard to do.
Here’s a pretty cool story if you’re interested (and a huge inspiration for me) about a girl who started “boy lifting” after doing the whole nothing-but-cardio while eating only 1200 calories thing and realizing how weak she was from it.
Post # 14
Out of interest, was this one of your first BodyPump classes? I’m a regular BodyPumper but I was exactly the same after the first couple of classes I ever did (or if I had a break and came back) .. to the point where I couldn’t walk up stairs! Now I’m rarely sore afterwards ..
Just wondering if I should be raising my weight so I’m sorer the next day?
Post # 15
janereaction: Yeah you probably have to increase your weight. It was my first…and ONLY!! LOL!! Not b/c I can’t handle it but it was at 5:30AM and as much as I’d like to make that “routine”, I was a zombie that day. Plus how sore I was put me out of comission for 4 full days.
I’ve supplemented with Zumba, Piloxing, kettlebells, etc. Hopefully they’ll rework the schedule at my gym for different times. The morning is ROUGH!!
PS Piloxing is awesome, try it if it’s an option!