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I just started going to personal training sessions and holy crap I'm sore. I can barely walk, how am I going to do my cardio tomorrow?

Any advice?

Wed. Nov 1, 1:48am

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ooooo, i've been there. even thought you will be sore, just work through it. moving the muscles again will help the latic acid built up in the muscles to flush itself out. i actually love doing cardio and stretching when i am really sore. (from weight training, not injury) good luck!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:59 AM

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Do what you can, stretch a lot. Drink a lot of water to help flush out the lactic acid. Take it easy if you need to, don't sweat it! You're starting a new think, you may need to adjust. Good work!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:29 AM

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Yes, start slowly and warm up, then stretch, then do your cardio. My sore muscles always feel lots better after a cardio workout. It may be painful at the start, but afterward you will be glad.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 7:17 AM

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If your personal trainer doesn't have you stretching throughout your workout
(as opposed to just after or before) request that they do, especially during rests between sets. Ditto the drinking lots of water. I would also add taking supplements like Vit C (buffered powder form is great), calcium and magnesium just before bed. And remember, you will only feel this extreme degree of discomfort the first week. Eventually, you will come to look forward to a mild (not painful) discomfort the day after-lets you know your are challenging your muscles.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:59 PM

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I've one or two "barely walk" PT sessions, and told my trainer at our next appointment that he should never ever do that to me again (my quads were trashed for 4 days after doing 150-200 walking lunges with a pair of 10-lb dumbbells). If you think it's less extreme than that, then I recommend hot baths and a 30-minute yoga DVD whenever you can squeeze it in. Getting a massage once or twice a month will also help you a lot - both in terms of pain relief as well as lactic acid build-up.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:10 PM

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ICE! Not hot baths -- they sound good but don't promote muscle recovery at all. Ice right after your workout and Ice if you feel sore thereafter. Counterintuitive but it works.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:25 PM

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Yes, I tried the hot bath last night and actually felt a lot worse after - strange.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:06 PM

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