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Kickboxing Training through Muscle Soreness

Kickboxing training is hard, and it takes hard work

But is pain really gain? I get a lot of questions from my students, readers, friends and family, about muscle soreness (especially after the 1000 kick challenge). One of the biggest comments is about how it is a major limiting factor in kickboxing training, and can often set back the consistency that they are striving for.

Kickboxing training is notorious for leaving you unable to walk right for a few days after training

and this will probably persist for your first few weeks of working out. There are a few physiological reasons for this, but the best thing I can tell you before going into a workout is to EXPECT soreness after the workout. You will feel kind of stiff the day after your kickboxing training, but it usually hits hardest 2 days after your workout. You will feel like you got run over by a steamroller.

This can be extremely discouraging, especially when you are just getting started with kickboxing training. What’s important is that you don’t skip training because of the soreness. Do what you can within reason. You will be weaker, the pain will be draining, and it will be very unpleasant. Focus on your kickboxing technique more than anything, keeping that as smooth as possible. But pushing through to the best of your ability will force your body to adapt more quickly to the demands you are placing on it. Are you going to operate at 100%? No, probably not. But getting out there and moving will actually get blood moving through those sore muscles, providing the healing they need to get through that soreness.

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If you wait a week for your muscles to fully recover, you’re not pushing for progress in your kickboxing training.

During your recovery time you may lose everything you worked for, and completely waste that workout. You need to establish a consistent routine and follow through with it. Establish regular habits, and it will get easier.

What are some other ways to reduce soreness for your next kickboxing training session? Immediately after working out, stretch, have your post workout shake or meal, ice, take a cool or cold shower (It sucks but it works). Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat regular meals to help fuel the recovery, and stretch the sore muscles throughout the day. It’s going to suck. They will be stiff, and your range of motion will be very short, but this is important for maintaining flexibility, otherwise your muscles will shorten, and you will lose range of motion, significantly limiting your ability during kickboxing training. Stretch often. Even if it’s just 2-3 minutes every hour.

You’re just getting started, and those first few steps are always the hardest. Not everyone is blessed with the superhuman freak genetics to never be sore from a workout, and it’s normal to hurt. That is where you have the choice to give up on your kickboxing training, or push through. You set a goal for yourself now go get it!

Disclaimer: This post is about general delayed onset muscle soreness, and not injuries that may result from kickboxing training or sparring. Soreness is normal. Sharp, shooting, tingling pains are not. Pain in the muscles is common, and expected, but pain in the joints is not. Use your best judgment. If you push through an injury it can, and most likely will, get worse. Take care of your body, talk to your coach, and if pain persists, talk to a doctor. This post is not meant to be a medical diagnosis, and should not be treated as such.

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