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Old 08-12-2010, 10:22 AM   #1
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Anything for DOMS?

I searched around, but didn't find anything that looked promising. I eat Primal/Paleo (50% fat, 35% protein, 15% carb) and thought upping the protein would be the biggest advantage against DOMS, but it doesn't seem to help at all.

Any other ideas?

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- Whey concentrate
- Creatine Mono (just started again)
- Omega 3
- Vitamin D

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

What is your stretching routine like after your workouts?

What is your sleep like?

How many calories are you getting?

These things play an equal role to diet in recovery.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

Stretch. Hydrate. Contrast showers.

Also, consider scaling. If you get severe DOMS after every or most workouts, you may just plain be doing too much, either within the individual workouts or by trying to workout too often.

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:46 AM   #4
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

Thanks for the reply. I stretch after each workout, usually holding each stretch for 60 seconds. I haven't been sleeping great lately, I eat about 2,500 - 3,000 calories a day (5'8" 150Lbs).
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:46 AM   #5
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

Both Jeff and Katherine answers are great, I would just add:

- How long have you been training?

- Are you adding a strength component with each WOD?

I workout/ CrossFit regularly. As many have mentioned before, PWO nutrition is key in the recovery process. You may also look into foam rolling. It is a life saver for my back.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:53 AM   #6
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

I just started training again after a few weeks off, but the DOMS issue has been there for the past couple years. I always have some protein after a workout - I try for some type of meat, but often it's a coconut milk/Whey shake. Anything else I can try?

I've never tried cold showers. Not on purpose, anyway.

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:57 AM   #7
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

Google bromelain.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:08 AM   #8
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

The three biggest things are 1) drink plenty of water 2) Roll Out 3) Ice.

Some people like contrast showers and I think there probably is some benefit to the the heat but the most critical part is the cold. Ice, ice, ice! If possible, fill a tub up with water and ice, wait for it to get really cold and give yourself a 5 min (or until you feel VERY uncomfortable) dip. Cold works wonders for reducing inflammation.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:37 AM   #9
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

OK, I'm curious about the "Roll Out" and "Foam rolling" suggestions. I've never tried that, and I'm not sure exactly how it's done.
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #10
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Re: Anything for DOMS?

There are a ton of sites on it, youtube instructional videos, etc. It is arguably the greatest thing on the planet (it feels amazing on your back after a long day)....the first 10-15 times are very painful as you work out kinks in your muscles that have likely been there for years. But after you get past the painful areas if you are strict about doing it 1-2 times per day (takes about 5-15mins, I do it while watching TV before bed and prior to workouts) it is rarely to never painful and very effective.
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