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SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,369
7/20/14 2:57 P

I can't say for sure, but it sounds like it could be related to some kind of issue in posture, muscle balance, or maybe some medical problem, not DOMS. I would recommend NOT doing more reps or use more resistance on one side when doing core exercises, and not to use DOMS as the measure of whether you're working hard enough. Having DOMS isn't a good guideline of knowing that you worked your muscles hard enough. You shouldn't force things past the point of temporary muscle fatigue -- if you're getting DOMS after every workout, then you're likely doing something wrong (incorrect form, lifting too heavy or too many reps). If there is any kind of structural or medical problem, that could easily make things worse. If you can see a personal trainer or physical therapist who can watch you in person, that would be a good idea. They would be able to see if there is an issue with your posture, form, or if there is a muscle imbalance and how to correct it. If you're not able to see a personal trainer or physical therapist, and the soreness continues after you go back to a moderate, balanced core workout (that doesn't cause DOMS), then you should mention it to your doctor.

Coach Denise

KHUTCH44 Posts: 28
7/18/14 9:32 P

Hi, coach. I am doing more left side reps for on all of my oblique exercises. My workout includes standing side crunches (w/ 5 lb dumbbells), side planks, ankle touches and weighted (17 lb dumbbells) side bends. I started adding reps and time to my regimen when I noticed that my left side is never sore.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,369
7/18/14 12:25 P

You may be favoring that side to work harder. Are you doing more reps on that side by chance? Or are you noticing any more strain when doing those exercises? What type of oblique exercises are you doing?

Coach Denise

KHUTCH44 Posts: 28
7/17/14 8:54 P

I work on my abs three times a week-Mon, Wed, and Fri. After the first and third days that I dedicate to my ab workouts, I have an equal amount of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) throughout my entire core. On Wednesdays, I work strictly on oblique abs, but find on the day after that my right side is ALWAYS more sore than my left-even though I'm right side dominant (right-handed, etc). Since this began, I've started paying special attention to posture when doing left side exercises, making sure to breathe correctly and even adding reps on my left side for the exercises I do, but nothing works. Any idea what's going on and why?

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