I was reading Nick Nilsson's training tips about what causes muscle soreness. He says:
- Most weight trainers do not know the reason their muscles get sore after a workout. Muscle soreness is not caused by lactic acid, as many people believe.
- It is caused by microtrauma to the muscle fibers.
- This causes calcium molecule leakage from the muscle fibers (as well as an accumulation of histamines, potassium, prostaglandins and local edema).
- The sensation of pain and soreness comes due to the pressure of localized edema (fluid retention) on nerve endings, not by the muscle damage itself.
- Negative-accentuated training often results in severe muscle soreness as it causes the most muscle damage.
I have worked out very hard this week with LOTS of negative accentuated training and am VERY sore. Unfortunately, my "scale" weight has gone up 1.5 pounds. Do you think the extra edema caused from the heavy training / muscle breakdown could cause that kind of increase?
I'm new here so please do not hesitate to set me straight if I'm totally off track!
"C'mon Elise"! "You're jumping like a fat girl"!