Post-Workout Cardio Beats DOMS

Post-Workout Cardio Beats DOMS Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, known by the acronym DOMS, is muscle soreness that can linger for several days after an intense weight training session. You can try to ice sore muscles, and some studies have suggested that pre-workout BCAAs can help dull the pain. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research adds moderate intensity cardio to the list.

Twenty-six college aged women performed 60 eccentric knee actions and were told to recover for 20 minutes by cycling at a low intensity, cycling at a moderate pace or sitting without moving. Pain and strength were measured post-workout as well as 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours later. Moderate intensity aerobic exercise helped reduce DOMS pain at 72 and 96 hours.

True Strength Moment: Performing moderate intensity cardio after weight training might have the added benefit of helping you burn more body fat. Because a challenging session in the weight room is likely to use up much of the carbohydrate-replenished glycogen you have available, your body may have to rely on fat to power the cardio session – especially if you use BCAAs to help protect muscle tissue before training.
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