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Muscle soreness & protein - is this bro science?
So I’ve started working out more and incorporating a lot more strength work since I got a new opinion from physiotherapy & “graduated”. I saw a trainer for a short time through a school program, and I have a routine from them. I’m really liking it, even though I am still incredibly weak (using 5lb weights and body weight....and I still can’t do a sit-up 😬). I do lots of stretching and use a heating pad, take baths with Epsom salts, etc. But I still get incredibly sore immediately. I’ve been working out with my routine once or twice a week for about 8 weeks (and progressed from 3lb to 5lb weights, and am much more comfortable with body weight squats & lunges than before!!)
My SO who has done real weight training (unlike my “pink weights” workout lol yes I’ve read the MFP forums, no I can’t lift any more for 2 sets I’m really just this weak), tells me this is because I’m a) not having protein immediately after my workout, and b) I’m not eating enough protein overall.
Is this fake broscience, or does protein actually matter for soreness after working out?
My general google search brought up a lot of information supporting that perspective, but I’ve also heard there’s nothing valuable about meal timing and “pre/post workout” supplements. I know protein intake doesn’t actually matter for strength, as long as it’s not like deficient or anything, it’s usually about people who are trying to gain muscle mass in a caloric surplus.
I also suspect being sore immediately and for several days isn’t unusual for people who have been very sedentary for many years, and it’s not really a cause for concern. This just made me curious.
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