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Post-workout localized inflammation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I just worked out for the first time in a few months. I'm pretty active, but hadn't been lifting in probably about three months or so. I worked out two days ago- a crossfit style workout - weighted squats with 60lbs, handstand push ups and pull-ups. I took it pretty easy because I didn't want to overwhelm myself. I worked out around lunch, and then late afternoon I had to move these big wood platforms for work- we ended up moving them by flipping them like tires over to where we stacked them- so that was a pretty good workout. And then our group at camp wanted to play Ultimate frisbee so I played about 45 minutes with them. Needless to say, I hadn't planned on overwhelming my body like that.
Long story short, I was pretty sore yesterday, and even more sore today. I usually have really good muscle definition in my legs- quads, calves and hammstrings are pretty defined, especially when I flex. But yesterday and today my quads have felt puffy and I have very little muscle definition. I'm assuming that this lack of definition is from inflammation caused by the microscopic tears in muscle tissue caused by working out and that it will go away in time. Has anyone else experienced this kind of localized inflammation from working out and is the conclusion I've come to logical? If so, any way to lessen the inflammation without taking anti-inflammatory drugs?

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Yeah, i'm pretty used to the doms but i havent experienced this level of puffiness before. Thanks for the tips i'll dedinitely try them :)

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Yes, contrast shower, tempo intervals & foam rolling IMO are the best for recovery.

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:36 PM

+1 on the contrast shower and foam roller. Next time if you are more prepared you can try some BCAA like 5mg after the activity which may assist in recovery. It is not unusual to have DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) 48 hrs after overworking like you have described, especially if you have not worked like that in some time

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on August 02, 2012
at 04:44 PM

Yeah, i'm pretty used to the doms but i havent experienced this level of puffiness before. Thanks for the tips i'll dedinitely try them :)

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