When Muscle Soreness Helps Muscle Growth (And When It Doesn’t)

Muscle Soreness and Muscle Growth

It's natural to feel good about post-workout soreness, taking it as proof that your muscles are growing. However, soreness isn't always a good sign. DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) can be felt days after weightlifting, but isn't actually a great indicator of muscle damage or muscle growth.

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One concern is that soreness may cause you to workout less often. Some believe that more frequent workouts with less muscle damage leads to more effective muscle growth. There are also muscles groups, such as deltoids, which rarely feel sore. Be careful about viewing soreness as the measure of a good workout.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Muscle soreness is generally at its worse when you begin a new exercise routine.
  • The deltoids are just a few of the muscles that can grow without any associated soreness.
  • If you train between two and three times per week, odds are you'll get more muscle growth with less soreness.

"That's fine and all, but being sore may not be the best indicator for muscle growth."

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