When I work out a specific muscle, it's often sore for a week, sometimes slightly more. For the first 2 or 3 days after the workout, I'm very good about trying to take in lots of calories and especially protein. But then I find I usually slack off and stop taking my whey shakes. This results in several days where I'm still sore but not taking in the protein I usually do right after a workout. My question is, if I keep myself in positive nitrogen balance for as long as I'm sore, will my muscles continue to grow, or does this only occur for a day or two after the workout regardless of how sore I am?
03-01-2008, 11:14 AM #1
how long after a workout will muscle growth occur?
03-01-2008, 12:02 PM #2
03-01-2008, 12:02 PM #3
DOMS is a sign of muscle repair i believe, as the fluid which helps repair the fibres puts pressure on the nerves hence the 'soreness'.
saying that though, feeling muscles grow is not a good indication. even when you dont have DOMS they could still be growing.
if at the very least, have your whey straight after a workout, then a shower or whatever, then a good protein based meal with carbs.
03-01-2008, 12:05 PM #4
03-01-2008, 12:56 PM #5
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But anyway.. Protein shakes are best in the morning and after a workout.. As long as you eat a substantial amount of protein throughout the week, you really dont need to drink those shakes. I still do though.. Just out of habit. Shakes are good for almost instant protein delivery to the muscles. But eating chicken and some rice an hour or 2 later is more important for muscle growth than the protein shake cause it gets delivered overtime.A mans stength isn't measured by thr size of his muscle, but by the size of his heart.