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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,903
12/12/12 6:21 A

Honestly, it could be either.

Soreness is a common response to your muscles doing something unfamiliar. Keep up with the exercise, but dial back the intensity for a week or two.

When it comes to exercise, the most important thing is not how hard you push yourseld, but rather that you establish a regular HABIT of exercise.

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12/12/12 5:21 A

squats work every lower body muscle group. That is why they are a compound exercise. The only time running makes my quads sore is when I run downhill for an extended period of time (like several kilometers).

If you are unsure of squat form, you shouldn't even be holding dumbbells. Set the rail on a smith machine to about waist height and hold onto that while doing bodyweight squats.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 12/12/2012 (05:22)
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12/12/12 4:53 A

Monday I had an intense workout session in which I squatted, deadlifted and shoulder pressed. I did not run but walked. My quads are still sore. So, I will cancel the squats in today's session.

It is true that the quads are hit hard when you run too. So in your case probably the answer is "both.".


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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/12/12 3:06 A

The front of my thighs (quads) hurt if I push myself running. I have an injury on the left quad and I can do squats without issue, but running makes it... Not hurt. But remind me that it is there.

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AMBIENTSPARK Posts: 45
12/12/12 12:57 A

Just a brief post, I'm wildly curious :)

I made it to the gym on Monday for the first time in... well, ages, really...

I did a very simple strength training routine that included only one leg exercise... 3x8 squats for which I only held 2 10lb dumbbells since I've never been much for strength training and was unsure about my form...

After that I did Day 1 of the Couch to 5k running program.

This morning when I woke up I could definitely feel my legs! My upper body wasn't impressed, but the front of my thighs have been giving me a very stern reminder about going so long without working out every time I have to stand up or sit down, or god forbid those stairs...

So was it the squats or the half hour of interval running like a damn Clydesdale that was so taxing? At first I thought squats, but aren't those supposed to work out the back of your thighs... like your butt?

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