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.".
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.
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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