Let me describe to you the typical timeline of an unfit person starting a new workout plan (and I know this because I’ve been there and done it… and had clients that do this too).
Here are the thoughts most people have:
Pre-Workout: .. I can’t wait to get ripped six pack abs. I know it’s a long road ahead of me, but I can do anything if I really just set my mind on the goal and work hard!
Beginning of first workout: Dang! This is pretty rough, but it’s okay. I knew I was out of shape. But I know it’s only going to get easier after this. Everybody always says the first day is the hardest.
Mid-workout: You know, my muscles are pretty dead… but I feel pretty good! I’m gonna have six pack abs in no time! Now I can understand how people get “addicted” to working out”
Post-Workout: Alright! Day one is complete. Six pack abs will be mine in no time. Why does everyone think this is so hard?
Before Bed: Wow… My muscles are feeling pretty wobbly. I guess that’s just to be expected.
Next Morning: WHAT. WHAT IS THAT PAIN?! IS MY LEG FALLING OFF? HOW THE HELL AM I DOING ANOTHER WORKOUT TONIGHT?!?!
….And then, you get ravaged by muscle soreness. Muscle soreness can last for a couple days…. And some people might be sore for a week.
It’s actually a pretty poorly understood concept in the exercise science world.
We know that most people (most, NOT EVERYONE) feel pretty sore the next morning when they wake up, and it might get worse throughout the day, although some people feel better after they’ve gotten moving. But the second day…. That’s usually the worst for most people.
That’s the day a lot of people throw in the towel and throw in their dreams of getting six pack abs and a tight body.
Although the soreness is almost unavoidable… There are a few things to make it a little better so you can get back on track to your six pack abs.
#1 – GET ENOUGH REST
Do whatever it takes to get a good, deep, long night’s sleep. Your body does the majority of recovery while you’re sleeping, so the better your sleep – the better recovery you’re likely to get. I also recommend using a sleep aid for nights after a hard workout. Six Pack Sleep has ingredients in it that may help you produce more Human Growth Hormone – which is the primary muscle builder and recovery agent.
You can also try taking naps! If you have time in your day, try getting a longer nap to encourage another production cycle of HGH – which will of course, help your recovery.
#2 – EAT THE PROPER FOODS
If you’re not providing your muscles with proper nutrition, they will take longer to heal. Check out my Nutrition Basics Series for what you need to recover fast and get six pack abs!
#3 – MASSAGE
Massages are practical for relieving tightness and imbalances… So why wouldn’t they help soreness too? You’ll help yourself get more blood flow to the muscle (which means faster healing), as well as making sure you don’t develop knots or areas of tightness that can slow down your progress to six pack abs.
Foam rolling is especially good here too – if you don’t have access to a regular massage. Check out my foam rolling video on Youtube!
#4 – USE BRANCHED CHAIN AMINO ACIDS
I talked a little about these before in my supplement series for six pack abs, but they’re basically your six pack abs best friend. Not only will they help you work out longer and harder, they also help your muscles recover. I drink Afterburn Aminos before/during my workouts, and also on the days that I’m really sore. Getting those amino acids straight into your bloodstream can help your muscles heal faster and use the protein from your diet for muscle rebuilding!
#5 – MOVE MORE
Even though it’s AWFUL to get moving after I get really sore, I always feel much better afterward. Now don’t go do a regular workout just yet… But something simple like walking, light jogging or bike riding, or casual swimming can really help get your blood flowing faster to those sore muscles and get you on the road to recovery sooner.
Make sure you use these tips so you can stay on track to your six pack abs. I know it can be tough – trust me – I’ve been there, but eventually your body will adapt and you will get less sore after hard workouts. Six pack abs are well worth the effort and that one or two days of soreness that you might get. If you need a workout plan to get started…. Here you go!