Post # 1
okay bees… i need help figuring out what’s going on! okay so to start off, i was never active the way i have been lately. Fiance and i have been hitting the gym at least 3x a week. anyway, i’ve been getting on the elliptical and using the weight machines they have at the gym.
i’ve been fine up until two days ago. on tuesday i decided to do some squat exercies online. i only did a couple of reps of 10 and i decided not to finish them out. i went on with my night going to the gym and getting on the elliptical as usual. that is until yesterday… my thighs were super sore. i brushed it off and stretched and went on with my day.
then today, they are if not the same, worse! when i touch them they feel bruised. i struggle to sit and stand and even walk. i look like a crazy person at work! any advice on why i feel this way and what to do?
Post # 3
@omglauren: You may have just overdone it :S That happened to me once–I worked out at a small gym and the only machine that was open was the treadmill, so I went on and just ran. I hadn’t done that in a crazy long time, and about two days later I couldn’t walk.
Post # 4
If you really worked a muscle group that isnt used to it you’ll feel more pain than usual and often the it hits worse 2 days after you did it. I would take Advil, lightly stretch and ice them or alternate icing with soaking in a warm bath.
if the pain gets worse or doesnt start to improve in a day or so I would see your doctor.=)
There is something called rhabdomyolysis, that can happen if you push yourself too hard too soon but in your case based on what you posted I am fairly certain its just your body reacting to a new way of being used =)
Take it easy for a few days, it’ll start to loosen up.
Post # 5
You’re just sore… it takes a few days for it to catch. Do an easy day on the eliptical and take extra time to stretch those legs out, it will help!
Post # 6
You might want to try foam rolling your IT band, hamstrings, and quads. All of those muscles are connected! Be gentle when foam rolling….it will hurt! But if you keep doing it, it will help. Promise!
Here is a good link that has handy videos on how to foam roll. Most gyms will have foam rollers! http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/roll?page=single
Post # 7
THANK YOU! it’s a relief knowing that my legs aren’t going to fall off! ;-P but in all seriousness thank you for advice. i don’t want to stop going to the gym because my legs are sore so i’ll keep stretching and take it easy at least until it starts to feel better. thanks again!
Post # 8
@Audrey2_sings: i’ve seen those before but never knew what they were used for! i will definitely try these out for sure. thanks for this!
Post # 9
@omglauren: sounds like you just overworked them. The muscle fibers breakdown and then rebuild. That’s how we grow and get strength. You might have some lactic acid built up in your legs. Drink lots of water. Take an anti-inflammatory. An easy recovery on the elliptical would be good too. Keep them moving a bit. But be gentle! No squats again until the soreness goes away.
Post # 10
@Audrey2_sings: +1! It doesn’t look like it would do much but it really does.
Also, when I work a new muscle I am generally more sore two days after than the day after. Then by the third day I am good as new! I generally work through the soreness but will lower the intensity if working on that particular muscle area.