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Old 04-03-2008, 11:55 AM
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just a quick one, yesterday did my squats, (3 warm up sets light weight then 3x5reps at heavier weight) and my legs are feeling bit sore when i have to bend down. Just wondered what the best advice was for cooling down or stretching after a squat workout to mimimize this. I have been told that there is no point in riding a bike or something for a few mins to cool down. Just wondered what the general concensous was for this as with the program i have now i squat 3 times a week and would obviously like to keep stiff legs to a miminum!

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:19 PM
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It's natural to feel pretty sore when you're just getting into a program. It'll go away soon enough ;)

But the best thing I've found to minimize DOMS is to do some good static stretching after a workout.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:38 PM
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oh ok so the more used i get to squatting regularly the less this will bother me then?ill try doing some stretches after my workout tomorrow then and see how that helps me feel. how goes your training ironkitten?
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:44 PM
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oh ok so the more used i get to squatting regularly the less this will bother me then?ill try doing some stretches after my workout tomorrow then and see how that helps me feel. how goes your training ironkitten?
Yeah, once your body becomes more accustomed to a movement, the soreness will go away, or won't be near as bad.

My training's going well, thank you A little pressure at the moment since I need to look good in a couple weeks, but I'm not too worried about it.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:20 PM
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I agree that some static stretching (light) after is the best bet for immediately post workout. Some light activity on off days can help soreness a good bit and in future you may find that some light squats will make mild soreness dissapear completely if done in between heavier squatting sessions. But this is mostly a "getting used to it" thing and it will go away for the most part. Unless you change things up a little, but the soreness should not be as bad as in the beginning.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:32 AM
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good to know :-) i must admit i did try as IK suggested and did some stretching after my squats and i havent felt as bad today :-) Have been reading as much of the starting strength book as possible on form to make sure that i am doing as much right as possible figure this can only help too. cheers guys
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