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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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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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.".
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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