Your alarm goes off, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you roll out of bed to start what looks to be a great day.  However, it doesn’t take long to realize that your legs are incredibly stiff and sore from that leg workout 2 days ago.  In fact, that was the first leg workout you have done in weeks.  As you hobble down the hallway to the bathroom, you tell yourself you are never training legs again because you get way too sore when you train legs.

Does this sound familiar?

If so, what if I told you that infrequent leg training is the reason you are experiencing significant soreness each time you train them?  Moreover, what if I told you that if you were to train them on a regular basis you would no longer experience as much soreness after each workout?

This protection against future soreness is due to the repeated bout effect.

The purpose of this article is to discuss what is known about the repeated bout effect and its relationship to muscle soreness.  My hope is that by writing this article that I will be able to convince you that training your entire body on a regular basis is something that you should be doing and that it will help you to avoid muscle soreness (and likely enhance the rate of progress towards your goals).

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