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KRMFREEONE Posts: 1,005
2/25/13 10:36 A

My husbands family runs and herbal shop, and they recommend this supplement called 409. Now I dont really notice it for next day soreness, but my husband has back problems, and takes it everyday..

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2/25/13 10:08 A

Thanks for the responses everyone! You have given me a lot to google and look into further and I appreciate it! :)

AM_MORRIS87 Posts: 1,665
2/23/13 6:26 P

I alternate between taking Amino-X by BSN and BCAA Hyperblend by TSN post workout when I've done a lot of strength training. It's not for soreness really, it's for recovery, but I do find that it helps me not feel SO tore up the next day.

2/23/13 3:37 P

Arnica gel. Boiron is the best brand. Also add a cup or two of Epsom salt to a hot bath. Tart cherry juice is also great. Google it.

Edited by: PATRICIAANN74 at: 2/23/2013 (15:38)
MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,460
2/23/13 6:58 A

Muscle soreness is a common response to your muscles doing something unfamiliar.

There's not a whole lot you can do/take - they will recover and adapt in their own good time.

The best advice would be to continue to work out, but definitely cut back on the intensity for a week or two. Over time your muscles will adapt to the new demands you are making of them.


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2/22/13 9:41 P

Just to clarify, glucosamine is recommended to ease joint pain, NOT muscle soreness. It has nothing to do with muscles at all.

And while water can certainly help with cramps (which can be caused by dehydration), again, I'm not aware of any science that suggests that soreness is in any way correlated with dehydration.

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2/22/13 9:33 P

Most people say that if you make sure you are drinking enough water every day that should help with muscle soreness. Also a few swallows of pickle juice can keep from getting night cramps in your legs.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
2/22/13 6:34 P

My mom swears by glucosamine. :)

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2/22/13 4:55 P

Even if the program says not to, you need to be sure and listen to your body. There is no one-size fits all program, and if you need to repeat days, or take days off, that's okay. Ignoring the signals you're being given is a great way to hurt yourself. :)

The risks of overtraining are very real! Here's some articles that will help you know what to look for:

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2/22/13 4:31 P

It is a 90 day program, and the first month includes workouts 5 days a week with 2 rest days. Months 2 and 3 increase the workouts to every day. So I guess that is what I am concerned about. These are super short workouts - usually less than 15 minutes each - but are pretty intense. I am guessing that is why there are no rest days.

Edited by: JENJORGENS12 at: 2/22/2013 (16:32)
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2/22/13 4:28 P

What kind of rest days are you taking? If your muscles are sore, then it's because you've challenged yourself and need to let your muscles recover, or you may have overdone it. :) Listen to your body, and don't be afraid to take rest days. What makes you stronger is the rest!

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2/22/13 3:52 P

Protein may help, but honestly, I'm not sure you should be doing something every day when you're so sore from the previous day's workout that it interferes with your form. To me, that just seems like a recipe for repetitive motion and overuse injuries.

Edited by: BEANBYDESIGN at: 2/22/2013 (15:53)
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2/22/13 3:32 P

I am just curious if there are any foods or supplements that are good to take to reduce muscle soreness post-workout? I recently started following a rotation for Z-cut workouts, which are short, intense cardio workouts that use body weight to really get your heart pumping. Lots of burpees, etc. I really really love it but struggle some with soreness and don't want to sacrifice form because I'm sore from the previous days' workout. Any ideas would be helpful. Bcaa's, protein, etc? Right now I am on a low calorie diet (most of the time!) and take a multivitamin every day - but thats it. I do struggle to get enough fiber and protien, but not sure if that is tied to muscle soreness at all.

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