Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: in da gym, dawg.
"Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the pain or discomfort often felt 24 to 72 hours after exercising and subsides generally within 2 to 3 days. Once thought to be caused by lactic acid buildup, a more recent theory is that it is caused by tiny tears in the muscle fibers caused by eccentric contraction, or unaccustomed training levels. Since lactic acid disperses fairly rapidly, it could not explain pain experienced days after exercise. Some research claims that DOMS is not caused by the pain from damaged muscle cells, but from the reinforcement process. The muscle responds to training by reinforcing itself up to and above its previous strength by increasing the size of muscle fibers (muscle hypertrophy). This reinforcement process causes the cells to swell and put pressure on nerves and arteries, causing DOMS. Stretching before and after exercising have been suggested as ways of reducing DOMS, as has warming up before exercise, cooling down after, and gently warming the area, though there is also evidence that the effect of stretching on muscle soreness is negligible."
So unless you want to tone down the weight you're doing you're pretty much stuck with it.
"I don't want them to like me, because when I'm in the ring, punches fly to the face. It is not a tenderness time. I am not falling in love. And he knows that when the fight starts I am kicking faces."
- Wanderlei Silva