Shouldn't I be feeling stronger by now?
February 17, 2014 9:59 AM Subscribe
YANMTrainer, YANMDoctor, etc. I've been part of a fitness bootcamp for more than a year. We do pretty intense one-hour workouts - a ton of stairstepping, jumping, sprinting, uphill sprints - 2 or 3 times a week. Even after a year, I am ALWAYS uncomfortably sore for multiple days after a workout. Which means I am always sore - usually in my calves and hamstrings, and so tired that I don't want to do any other physical activity. This isn't normal, is it?
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my early 30s and super into fitness. But the exercise I've done before has been more of the aerobics/dance/pilates variety, and I didn't feel any more than the "Oh, I really worked that muscle" soreness afterwards. Certainly didn't want to avoid walking or running the rest of the time. It energized me, didn't wear me out.
This bootcamp is much more high-impact and intense, and has a lot more running (which I've never been into). But I'm only doing it 2 or 3 times a week -- surely that's enough time for my body to recover. Why are my calves and hamstrings always aching? Should I be doing more stretching? Is it possible that my body just isn't built for bootcamp-style workouts and it's not anything I'm doing wrong, I should just look for another type of workout?