Day 23 – Try, try and triceps again

23 01 2010

I plugged in a FIRM DVD again today -the sculpt one. My triceps are really sore today – I thought from Pilates yesterday, but wasn’t sure if it was the Pilates arm work or today’s FIRM weight exercises. I just love that these days we can type any set of words into Google and have instant answers! Wikipedia tells me triceps is Latin for “three-headed muscle” with three bands joining at your elbow. I do not remember this from the Invisible Woman I put together when I was 10.

Searching “muscle + pain + exercise” I arrived at to find something with a clinical term – DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness which is “muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that is felt 12-48 hours after exercise, particularly at the beginning of a new an exercise program, after a change in sports activities, or after a dramatic increase in the duration or intensity of exercise. This muscle pain is a normal response to unusual exertion and is part of an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build hypertrophy (definition).”

Guess that’s why they call it a “good sore” even though it’s the stretching and tearing of muscle fibers that causes this pain (that just doesn’t sound good).

Maybe the good news is that my other muscles are fine today. My triceps are just catching up and have clearly been neglected. The cures/prevention ideas listed are warming-up before exercise, gentle stretching and letting muscles fully recover before working them again.

So good news to all six of my triceps – you have earned a few days off!