Why do I get sore? Is soreness an indication of a quality workout? The truth is no. One of the primary causes of soreness is novelty of the exercise. Stated otherwise, any time you change up the mode of resistance (you switch from a dumbbell bench press to a machine chest press), you’re apt to produce more soreness over the next few days. Note, this is the same reason that a new workout routine will leave you so sore. Same is true if you were to switch from a machine only workout to a bodyweight exercise workout. Over time, the soreness will go away, this is due to your body’s ability to adapt and recover from the stimulus.
Take home message: Muscle soreness does not have an correlation with the quality of a workout.
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